Creative Writing

If writing is your passion and you have an affinity for the arts, the new BFA in Creative Writing program at the University of the Arts will provide the unique, inspiring artistic environment to prepare you for a professional writing career and refine your craft in one of three areas of concentration:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Writing for Film & Television

In the first year of the program, all Creative Writing majors take small, introductory courses in all three genres. Starting in the sophomore year, you will concentrate in the genre that interests you most. Within each concentration, students take increasingly advanced workshops culminating in finished portfolios with potential for publication or production: collections of poems, series of short stories, or feature-length screenplays. In addition, students have the opportunity to take craft seminars in a wide range of genres – from Arts Reviewing and Playwriting to Screenplay Adaptation and Graphic Storytelling – as well as general arts electives such as music, theater and dance. You’ll also enjoy practical, hands-on courses in publishing and video production.

As a student in a truly arts-centered University, you’ll have many opportunities to collaborate with students in other majors. You might work with Illustration and Graphic Design students on our popular undergraduate literary magazine, Underground Pool. Students concentrating in screenwriting will enjoy close connections with students in the School of Film. A poet or fiction writer might team up with a music major to create a joint artistic work in our Writing and Collaboration course or take advantage of our affiliation with the nationally renowned American Poetry Review – which offers student internships and publishes the winner of an annual student poetry contest – housed right here at UArts.

Photo above by Spencer Starnes '13 (Film & Video).

The Blessings by Elise Juska

In the News

The Blessings by Liberal Arts Associate Professor and Creative Writing Program Director Elise Juska has been named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Summer 2014.