Creative Writing Major

Aslyn Avila '18 Winner of Kellogg Oratorical Prize, creative writing minor
Aslyn Avila ’18, winner of Kellogg Oratorical Prize, creative writing minor

Imagine anything. Now make it happen.

As a Hartwick College 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.

Where degrees in creative writing can take you.

As a creative writing major, you’ll be trained to “analyze, appreciate, and integrate the components that comprise works of literature.” You’ll over time deepen your understanding not just how to write, but 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.

A closer look.

Since the 1970s, Hartwick students majoring in English have declared a concentration in either literature or creative writing. The former creative writing concentration has been expanded into a creative writing major built on a foundation of an in-depth study of literature as a key component of understanding and improving your own writing.

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.

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
  • Scientific American
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Big Fan Films
  • Delightful Communications
  • Cambridge Business Publishers
  • 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

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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