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

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.

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.

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.

Faculty

Susan J. Navarette

Professor of English, Department Chair
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James Cochran

Director of the 21st-Century Writing Competency Program and Writing Center
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David Cody

Professor of English
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Lisa Darien

Associate Professor of English
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Bradley J. Fest

Associate Professor of English
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Robert Seguin

Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Race & Ethnic Studies
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Tessa Yang

Assistant Professor of English

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. 

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