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Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing brings together professional writers, writing specialists and peer writers. This program is designed to prepare students for careers and/or graduate studies in creative writing and related fields, including editing, education and publishing.

This program is set up to first teach the academic skills necessary in a scholarly pursuit of creative writing and then move into a more individualized program where students are able to focus a great deal on honing their writing skills in the discipline of their choosing.

This process is accomplished through the 100- and 200-level courses which introduce students to the various genres and the skills necessary to work within the different writing disciplines. Students also analyze other writers, deepening their understanding of creative writing as both an art form and an effective means of communication. They then move into a series of 300- and 400-level courses which will focus on their own individual skills as writers. Students work extensively in one or two genres during these final years of undergraduate study and develop the skills necessary to meet their career and educational goals. Students grow these skills through weekly workshops where they create their own work, share their writing with others and provide their peers written and verbal feedback. This process allows students to both be self-directed and stay structured and disciplined through the process. Our goal is to help students find, refine and strengthen their own unique voices.

Learning takes many forms and is not limited to just classroom experiences. Our philosophy is to assist students in discovering what they believe they are meant to write and to help them be the best writers they can be. In addition, we seek to teach students the specific expectations that shape the various genres of creative writing.

Creative Writing Program Objectives
Graduates in Creative Writing will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading skills
  2. Develop their own writing across genres
  3. Produce, collaborate on, edit, and distribute writing to audiences
  4. Demonstrate professional strategies for project management
  5. Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio

Creative Writing Portfolio Requirement
In the required Humanities Capstone course, which is part of the College’s General Core, Creative Writing majors compile their best work from their educational career into a final graduate portfolio. This compilation should serve to demonstrate proficiency in creative writing and exemplify the skills mastered during their years at Southern Vermont College. This portfolio should also meet their career needs, whether they are headed to graduate school or directly into the job market.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements (12 courses)

Creative Writing Major (10 courses)

  • CW100 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW/EN215 Writers’ Lives and Work
  • CW/EN375 Editing and Publication Design
  • CW/EN407 Theories of Writing or Cw420 Topics in Creative Writing

One of the following:

  • CM204: Media Writing
  • CW275: Foundations in Book Publishing
  • EN304: Shakespeare
  • EN318: Literary Criticism
  • HU250: Introduction to Rhetoric
  • PH200: Introduction to Philosophy

Three of the following:

  • CW311 – Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop I
  • CW312 – Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop I
  • CW313 – Advanced Play Writing Workshop I
  • CW314 – Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop I
  • CW321 – Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop I
  • CW322 – Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop II
  • CW323 – Advanced Play Writing Workshop II
  • CW324 – Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop II
  • OR
  • Two Advanced Writing Workshops (CW31X) and another upper-level CW or EN or HU course with approval of advisor and Division Chair.

General Electives (9 courses)

Recommended Program Sequence
Students in this degree program work closely with their academic advisors to create an individualized program sequence.

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