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Webster students with a major in creative writing takes courses in fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction and translation, as well as selected literature courses. Students learn to read as a writer, understanding and analyzing a range of literary strategies, such as language, voice, and form. They will also produce accomplished creative work that demonstrates a command of literary strategies in fiction, poetry, drama, and other literary genres. You’ll be part of a lively literary community, with opportunities like The Green Fuse, our student literary magazine The Mercury, our yearly publication of outstanding student work; Surfacing, our annual festival where students write, direct, and produce their own one-act plays; and the brand new Student Reading Series. Along the way, you'll develop the critical reading, thinking, and communication skills required for success in any professional role.

Anthony Bobbitt
Sam and Marilyn Fox Endowed Scholarship Fund Recipient

“I wish to give the chance for more black characters that are not stereotypical, but lead, in-depth characters that would change how people perceive African Americans.”

Anthony Bobbitt
Anthony "Ant" Bobbitt

BA in Creative Writing, ‘22

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Details of Webster's Creative Writing degree programs

The 36 credit hours required for the Creative Writing major include the following:

Core Courses (12 hours)

  • ENGL 1900 Introductory Seminar in Literary Analysis (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2020 British Literature I (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2030 British Literature II (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2050 U.S. Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4600 Portfolio Review (in the final semester of study) (0 hours)

12 hours from the following list:

  • ENGL 2150 Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2160 Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2170 Creative Writing: Playwriting (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2180 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2190 Creative Writing: Translation (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4400 Advanced Creative Writing* (1-3 hours)

3 hours from the following list:

  • ENGL 3030 Topics in Poetry (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3040 Topics in Fiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3050 Topics in Drama (3 hours)

6 hours from the following list:

  • ENGL 3100 Modern Drama (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3130 Contemporary Drama (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3140 Women and Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3190 Comedy and Satire (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3210 Tragic Themes (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3300 20th Century American Poetry (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3500 Contexts (1-3 hours)
  • ENGL 3900 Myth and Classical Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4000 Myth and Modern Literature (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4030 Literature of Latin America (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4130 Seminar in a Single Author (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4150 Shakespeare (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4500 Literary Criticism (3 hours)

3 hours of ENGL Electives

  • Any ENGL course at the 2000 level or above

  • A minimum of three hours in a non-native language is required in addition to the requirements for the major. Courses used toward the international language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language.
  • Transfer students who have completed their 3 credits at an institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled the requirement, as are students who have scored a "3" or higher on an Advanced Placement exam in a non-native language.
  • For students whose native language is not English, a passing grade on the TOEFL will count as their foreign language requirement. Students who are from bilingual families but have no evidence of academic study of the second language on a transcript will need to take one course.

Students selecting the minor in Creative Writing will be able to read as writer, understanding and analyzing a range of literary strategies, such as language, voice, form, etc., and produce accomplished creative work that demonstrates a command of literary strategies in a variety of genres.

This minor consists of 18 credit hours, selected from two sets of class options. Only the following classes may count toward a minor in creative writing.

Choose 12-15 hours from the following:

  • ENGL 1500 Introduction to Creative Writing (1-3 hours) 
  • ENGL 2150 Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2160 Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2170 Creative Writing: Playwriting (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2180 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2190 Creative Writing: Translation (3 hours)
  • ENGL 4400 Advanced Creative Writing (1-3 hours)

Choose 3-6 hours from the following:

  • ENGL 3030 Topics in Poetry (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3040 Topics in Fiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3050 Topics in Drama (3 hours)

The minor in professional writing is designed for students who want to learn about — and prepare to meet — the writing and other communication challenges found in business, nonprofit, governmental, and community settings. Students who pursue the minor can choose from courses in areas such as journalism, writing for public relations and advertising, screenplay and scriptwriting, creative writing, and business and technical writing, as well as editing, linguistics and rhetoric, and cross-cultural communication.

Required Courses

  • WRIT 2400 Introduction to Professional Writing (3 hours)
  • One other course listed below with the WRIT prefix (3 hours)

12 credit hours from the following courses:

  • ADVT 2910 Writing for Advertising (3 hours)
  • ANSO 2060 Culture and Communication (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2150 Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2160 Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2170 Creative Writing: Playwriting (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2180 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2600 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
  • INTM 2000 Strategic Writing for Interactive Media (3 hours)
  • JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2140 Advanced Reporting (3 hours)
  • JOUR 2170 Multimedia News Editing (3 hours)
  • JOUR 3130 Feature Writing (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4170 Investigative Journalism (3 hours)
  • JOUR 4380 Magazine Journalism (3 hours)
  • MDST 1050 Media Writing (3 hours)
  • PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations (3 hours)
  • SCPT 2900 Scriptwriting (3 hours)
  • SCPT 3300 Writing the Short Script (3 hours)
  • SCPT 3400 Television Scriptwriting (3 hours)
  • SCPT 3500 Writing Screenplays for Film (3 hours)
  • SPCM 3600 Rhetoric (3 hours)
  • WRIT 2072 Writing for Social Change (3 hours)
  • WRIT 2090 Writing in the Workplace (3 hours)
  • WRIT 2500 Writing About Science (3 hours)
  • WRIT 3100 Report and Proposal Writing (3 hours)
  • WRIT 3200 Technical Writing (3 hours)
  • WRIT 3300 Solving Information Problems (3 hours)
  • WRIT 3400 Editing and Style (3 hours)

Alumni Success and Job Outlook

  • Jobs for writers and authors are predicted to increase 9% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annnual pay for writers and authors is $69,510 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
  • Jobs for editors are predicted to increase 5% through 2030. As of May 2021, the median annual pay for editors is $63,350 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).

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