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English: Creative Writing

Offered by: English

If you have a passion for the written word, the Creative Writing program at Slippery Rock University is ideal to prepare you for your future career. Our program gives you the opportunity to try your hand at poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. You will listen to and learn from the words of your fellow writers and gain valuable feedback from your professors. You'll experiment with different techniques and genres, and delve into the intricacies of the human experience. Most importantly, you'll learn to tap into your well of creativity and pour its contents out onto the page.

Why Choose Creative Writing?

The SRU Creative Writing program opens the gates to infinite possibilities. Our program will help you think about the world differently, become a better writer, and shape your humanistic principles. The knowledge you'll take away from the Creative Writing program will provide you with a competitive edge for employment and open the door to professional schools or graduate study in a variety of disciplines.

What Will You Learn?

Students in the Creative Writing program learn to:

  • Produce texts demonstrating a variety of genres
  • Prepare submissions for print and electronic publication
  • Use traditional, contemporary, and experimental techniques
  • Create nonfiction texts that solve problems in professional contexts
  • Explore portrayals of the human experience as presented in writing

Careers In Creative Writing

One of the cool things about Creative Writing is the diversity of career paths our alumni follow. While some Creative Writing majors become novelists, poets and journalists, most pursue careers in areas like editing, publishing, non-profit and arts organizations, advertising, law, government, business, higher education, and teaching.

A community of professionals who are powerful readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers will always have the edge when looking to actively shape our world. Recent research reveals that many medical and law schools show preference toward English majors and minors who complement their studies with pre-med and pre-law preparation. Corporations are also known to seek English majors for beginning managerial positions.

Clubs & Organizations

  • SLAB Literary Magazine
  • The Roxy Film Magazine
  • Slam Poets Club

Alumni Spotlight

Paul Cunningham earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame where he studied hybrid forms of poetry and learned to translate Swedish. He worked as an editorial assistant for Action Books, and edited Raúl Zurita's The Country of Planks (2015) and Hiromi Itō's Wild Grass on the Riverbank (2015). He has read poetry and fiction submissions for the Notre Dame Review, continues to manage Radioactive Moat Press, and edit Deluge, an online literary magazine. In 2012, while earning his B.S. in Creative Writing from SRU, he served as co-editor of Slippery Rock University's sixth issue of SLAB, which was awarded the AWP National Director's Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the Category of Content. As a board member of coimpress, he is responsible for creating book trailers for various authors including Gina Abelkop and Sade Murphy. He is a contributing editor to The Fanzine, a literary arts magazine co-managed by Casey McKinney and author Blake Butler. He had an opportunity to study the texts of Judith Butler and Virginia Woolf with Dame Gillian Beer at the Rebellion-themed Synapsis European School for Comparative Studies in Siena, Italy. He has presented his work at several conferences, and his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City Review, LIT: The Journal of the New School, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, Luna Luna Magazine, H_NGM_N, and others. Paul is currently studying on fellowship in the doctoral program at the University of Georgia.