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Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

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Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

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At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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Creative Writing

Tell stories that are creative, thoughtful and meaningful. God has given you the gift to write and create. Our creative writing major is designed to cultivate that gift and bring it to fruition. In this degree program, you’ll be trained to stretch your horizons by writing publishable content in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and more.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Humanities Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of Humanities Divison students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Internships

Creative writing students at Cornerstone receive hands-on experience during their program.

Opportunities

  • Our Daily Bread Ministries
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Revue Magazine

Careers

Our graduates go on to make waves here in West Michigan and beyond. They are employed at publishing companies, newspapers and have published works of their own. Your potential as a dedicated writer is boundless.

Opportunities

  • Creative writer
  • Copy editor
  • Public relations writer
  • Instructor
  • Professional blogger
  • Professional proofreader
  • Editor

Course List

The creative writing program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select the sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in creative writing.

Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

English Core Courses

ENG-226 Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to the basic forms and techniques of writing poetry, fiction, and drama.

ENG-315 Poetry Writing

An advanced workshop in poetry writing, with the intent of producing publishable work.

ENG-316 Fiction Writing

A workshop in the writing of short stories and novel fragments, with the intent of producing publishable work.

ENG-317 Creative Non-Fiction

Practice in the writing of prose that explores the boundaries between fiction, journalism, and personal essay.

ENG-320 Advanced Writing Workshop

An advanced writing workshop that will cover the forms and techniques of creative writing.

ENG-364 Writers and Styles

A reading course for writers, focused on analyzing the styles and techniques of well-regarded writers in various genres.

ENG-380 Internship

Academic credit and evaluation for practical work learning experience in the field of English developed in cooperation with an internship coordinator and a sponsoring organization.

Humanities Core Courses

HUM-121 Humanities & Vocation I

This course is designed for majors in the Humanities. Students will prepare for their post-graduation careers. We also will examine specific work environments (e.g., corporations, universities, and nonprofits); the value of attending graduate or professional school; and the role that internships, undergraduate research, and networking play in career development.

HUM-221 Humanities & Vocation I

This course is designed for majors in the Humanities. Students will prepare for their post-graduation careers. We also will examine specific work environments (e.g., corporations, universities, and nonprofits); the value of attending graduate or professional school; and the role that internships, undergraduate research, and networking play in career development.

HUM-382 Humanities Seminar

A seminar that is centered on themes that cross disciplinary boundaries in the Humanities.

HUM-481 Humanities Capstone

A culminating integration of theory and practice with a two-fold aim: First, we will discuss the nuanced relationship of language and ideas from the various perspectives represented within the Humanities strands, using representative texts from each. Second, we will weave in the notion of Vocation in both a general sense (through a common reading), and in the specific sense of discussions about graduate school and career preparation.

HUM-482 Thesis

A final, individual project that provides an in-depth exploration of a topic related to course strand. Students work closely with a thesis advisor and are required to submit a comprehensive written thesis as well as make an oral presentation of the research results in front of an academic panel.

Linguistics Core Courses

LIN-100 Language in Culture

This course gives strategies for students to develop the ability to communicate in a second language at a beginning level. Emphasis is on oral proficiency and listening skills. Students will also examine a Christian theology of language learning based on linguistic hospitality.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our creative writing program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

My professors inspire me both academically and personally, being understanding, knowledgeable and equipping us with tools and skills to change our lives both now and in the future. I am a different person than I was when I came, and the growth I’ve gone through because of the community and professors is something I’m so grateful for.

Cody Nienhuis (’23)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Humanities Division offers a wide range of majors that can be tailored to your interests. Check out other programs related to creative writing.

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Hours

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SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.