Craft matters.

A major in creative writing trains you in disciplines and habits characteristic of the writing life. It matures your understanding of craft, the writing process, creativity and story development. It provides advanced upper-level courses focused on producing publishable works in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. And it equips you to excel as an influential communicator.

Here, we take a holistic approach to vocational preparation because the values you bring to your work matter. From advanced writing workshops modeled after graduate-level courses to required seminars on post-graduation career opportunities, professors offer personalized feedback and guidance to support your growth as a writer and character-driven professional.

Why Cornerstone University?

  • Expect more interaction with expert faculty. At Cornerstone, we intentionally limit class sizes because we value relational learning and collaboration. This means you'll receive more in-class attention from professors who are committed to seeing you thrive and care about you as a whole person.
  • Build your writing portfolio. Submit your work for publication in Cornerstone's own student-produced literary journal, The Makeshift Review, and gain hands-on experience as a student editor.
  • Attend on-campus workshops. Each year, Cornerstone hosts Breathe Christian Writers Conference, a two-day writing conference. This gives you an opportunity to meet area writers and learn how to pitch your work for publication.
  • Overview

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

    A bachelor's degree in creative writing prepares you for a range of careers and graduate programs.

    • Creative writer
    • Copyeditor
    • Editor
    • Instructor
    • Professional blogger
    • Professional proofreader
    • Public relations writer

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a creative writing major.

  • Humanities Student Outcomes


    of traditional undergraduate humanities students from the class of 2018 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 86 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

    Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Baker Publishing Group
    • Barnabas Ministries
    • Elexicon
    • MLive Media Group

College Is About More Than a Degree

At Cornerstone, knowledge is about more than memorizing facts. Here, you will develop a deeper understanding of people, life and God. You will conquer challenges, grow in wisdom and make more memories than you can count.

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