Creative Writing Major

Hartwick students during writing class

Where degrees in creative writing can take you.

As a creative writing major, you’ll be trained to analyze and appreciate the component parts of a literary text, so that over time you’ll deepen your understanding not just of how to write, but of how to read as a writer. The ability to analyze, create, and write is broadly applicable to any number of fields. You will make a difference – whether in verse, prose, or in person.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Writers and Authors
  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Editors


According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and authors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 10,000 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)

Putting creative writing to work.

Hartwick’s creative writing graduates go on to careers in higher education, journalism, film, publishing, editing, social media and more, and to further study at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Big Fan Films
  • Delightful Communications
  • And as independent writers, journalists, editors, and more

Hartwick alumni have studied at:

  • NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
  • George Mason University
  • Goddard College
  • New York University
  • Chapman University
  • And many more

Beyond the basic.

At Hartwick, creative writing is defined by course requirements that “teach students how to read closely as writers and to engage … in the practice of literary writing.” It includes course offerings devoted to “writers of many eras, continents, ethnicities, and sensibilities.” Here, we draw upon the expertise of a wide range of faculty to afford you first-hand access to experts who help bring your writing alive.

As a Hartwick creative writing major, you’ll learn by doing—by making real what you imagine. Breathe life into vivid hopes and panoramic dreams. Move someone. Evoke a feeling that morphs into a vision. Express yourself and change the world. This is creative writing at Hartwick.

A closer look.

The English Department’s creative writing major is built on a foundation of an in-depth study of literature as a key component of understanding and improving one’s own writing.


Meet the creative writing faculty.

James Cochran
Interim Coordinator of the Writing Center
Ph.D., Baylor University
Areas of expertise:
writing center studies; first-year writing, digital composition, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, ecocriticism
David Cody
Professor of English
Ph.D., Brown University
Areas of expertise:
19th century American literature and culture, the relationship between English and American literature; science and literature; the literature of imperialism; the literature of horror
Lisa Darien
Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
Areas of expertise:
Old English and Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, Beowulf, Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture, Middle English and Chaucer, women in the middle Ages, nineteenth-century medievalism
Bradley J. Fest
Assistant Professor of English
M.F.A., University of Pittsburgh - Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Areas of expertise:
Creative writing; poetry; twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture; history of literary criticism and theory; ecological humanities; digital studies
Susan J. Navarette
Professor of English, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of expertise:
narrative, genre, and cultural studies; 18th through early 20th-century British culture and literature; scientific theory and narrative form; gender studies; film studies
Robert Seguin
Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Race & Ethnic Studies
Ph.D., Duke University
Areas of expertise:
modern and contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, the utopian tradition in literature, modernism in the arts
Tessa Yang
Assistant Professor of English
M.F.A, Indiana University - Bloomington
Areas of expertise:
Creative writing, literary and genre fiction, the short story, flash fiction, literary editing and publishing

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick creative writing experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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