Meaningful story arcs matter.

The Creative Writing program introduces students to the whole process of writing. We provide a wide range of courses – from creative endeavors to genre-specific writing courses such as poetry writing, creative non-fiction and fiction writing. The goal of each upper-level writing course is to produce "publishable" works.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Humanities
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Details

    • Major Credit Hours: 49-51
    • Minor Credit Hours: 18
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Career Opportunities

    The Creative Writing major and minor trains student writers in poetry, creative nonfiction, and/or fiction. Students develop process strategies for generating ideas, drafting and revising; learn and hone craft; and use reading strategies to study how the masters do craft. Students also can network through internships and conferences as they assume their place as literary citizens.

    Possible Employment Opportunities:

    • Creative Writer
    • Copyeditor
    • Editor
    • Instructor
    • Professional Blogger
    • Professional Proofreader
    • Public Relations Writer
  • Degree Completion

    You can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing degree in four years.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide to preview the steps required to complete your degree.

    Internship Opportunities

    • Baker Publishing Group
    • Cornerstone University Marketing Office
    • Kregel Publications
    • Mission Network News
    • Zondervan Publishing Company

Career Outcomes

  • Amy Nemecak serves as a Freelance Editor for Baker Publishing Group.
  • Matt Saler works as a Web Content Specialist for Elexicon Inc.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree with a Creative Writing concentration requires the following classes:

  • ENG-226 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-315 Poetry Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-316 Fiction Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-317 Creative Non-Fiction (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-320 Advanced Writing Workshop (3 credit hours)
  • ENG-364 Writers and Styles (3 credit hours)
  • Program electives (12 credit hours)
  • HUM-382 Humanities Seminar—2 semesters (6 credit hours)
  • HUM-481 Humanities Capstone (2 credit hours)
  • HUM-482 Thesis (2 credit hours)
  • Foreign language courses (9-11 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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