Creative writers are daydreamers and romantics, but they are also, as the poet Shelley said, “the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Our program allows students to learn the craft of writing and close reading while acquiring skills that apply to all corners of academia and the market beyond.
In the workshop setting, our students pursue the art of reflection, negotiation, critical analysis and diplomacy while deepening their empathy, their imaginative capacity and their understanding of the human experience.
Open to students from all academic disciplines, our minor in creative writing offers undergraduates the opportunity to expand their writing skills while exploring the full range of literary genres, including poetry, fiction, screenwriting and creative nonfiction. Students in the program join a creative community in which they can foster and develop their writing talents and skills.
Working closely with professionals in the field, our students perfect their craft through focused coursework, creative exercises and workshop critique. They enjoy small classes, a dedicated faculty and a lively program of extracurricular readings, all of which provide a supportive and challenging writing community.
Life After Salve
Students who wish to pursue creative writing as a career may author a range of creative works, including memoirs, personal essays, novels, story collections, poetry, plays, screenplays, scripts, greeting cards, song lyrics or advertising jingles.
Additionally, students may consider careers in journalism, technical communication, publishing, education, advertising, public relations, law or business.
Possible employers include:
- Newspapers or magazines
- Broadcast media companies
- Trade, professional or consumer publications
- Government agencies
- Universities and university presses
- Publishing houses
- Literary agents
- Technical industries