Creative Writing

If writing is your passion and you have an affinity for the arts, the 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.

As Creative Writing majors, you will immerse yourselves in poetry and fiction. First-years and sophomores take small, workshop-style courses in both genres. Then, as juniors and seniors, you may choose to focus on the genre that interests you most, taking increasingly advanced workshops culminating in finished portfolios with potential for publication: collections of poems or series of short stories. In addition, students take craft seminars in a wide range of genres – from Speculative Fiction and Creative Nonfiction to Screenplay Adaptation and Graphic Storytelling – as well as general arts electives such as music, theater and dance. You’ll also enjoy a practical, hands-on editing and publishing course.

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. A poet or fiction writer might team up with a music major to create a joint artistic work in our Writing and Collaboration course. Creative Writing majors can also take advantage of our affiliation with the nationally renowned American Poetry Review and their student internships, housed right here at UArts.

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

The Blessings by Elise Juska

Professor's Book Is 'Entertainment Weekly' 'Must List' Pick

'The Blessings' by Creative Writing Director Elise Juska on publication's list of 'The Top 10 Things We Love This Week.'

Emily Famularo '17

'Philadelphia Stories' Publishes Student's Short Fiction

'The Bad Outside' by Emily Famularo '17 (Creative Writing) featured in Spring 2016 issue of 'Philadelphia Stories.'