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Why a BFA in Creative Writing?

Today’s world demands versatility, resourcefulness, independence & imaginative entrepreneurship, not only in the arts, but everywhere. And creative writing majors, in particular, have valuable skills that let them adapt to many different careers. Businesses are desperate for top-notch communicators. According to a 2016 study of Fortune 500 executives, 80% said that from two-thirds to all of their salaried employees need to write on the job. Meanwhile, medical schools are increasingly admitting students with demonstrable competence in the liberal arts.

So, in addition to immersive practice in creative writing, we promise to deliver these skills:

  • Creative problem-solving. Ask any novelist and they’ll tell you, a novel is nothing more than a bunch of problems, solved with language. If you can find solutions in this most difficult of mediums, you can handle just about any other problem that’ll come your way.
  • Expression and persuasion. The right words in the right order. How many advertisers, marketers, management consultants, and strategic planners across industries are looking for the same thing, to say nothing of lawyers, financial advisors, salespeople and politicians?
  • Self-reliance. Go ahead, write a book. In other words, carry your vision through to completion for your capstone project. We’ll help, but it’ll be your name on the cover, not ours.
  • Community and context. Literature doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Neither does your education. You’ll read and share your writing together, and together make connections to history, culture, and the professional literary world. All at a world-class research university.

"Famous author" might be your ultimate dream job, but take it from a faculty full of famous authors, that job does not come with health insurance. Luckily, you’ll always have the skills to compete for the ones that do. And to master the extraordinarily difficult work of making literature is a reward unto itself. Writers leave the world a better place.

For more specifics about career opportunities for creative writers, click here.