Creative Writing

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About the Creative Writing Major

The ability to weave words and sentences into stories and poems is truly something special. If you're lucky enough to have this talent and want to make your own contribution to a literary history that stretches back to least the 10th century when Beowulf, the oldest surviving piece of English literature, was written, you might consider majoring in creative writing. Students who choose this major must be deeply committed to writing and must love exercising those abilities. Classes focus on writing poetry, fiction, drama, and sometimes even creative nonfiction. In addition to fine tuning their writing skills, creative writing majors study literature from a writer's perspective. 

Creative writing majors, of course, do a lot of writing. In the classroom, they can expect to have their work critiqued by both their professors and fellow students, and they'll be expected to provide their fellow students with constructive feedback in return. Since creative writing majors also study literature, they can expect to do quite a bit of reading and literary analysis. Creative writing majors also enjoy school-sponsored readings and class visits by established writers.
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