“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison
Earning a BA in English Literature with a Creative Writing Emphasis at Lindenwood University
A Creative Writing Emphasis at Lindenwood University requires 39 credit hours of coursework in a range of courses including study in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. You will have the opportunity to write both long and short form original creative texts, and be able to workshop them with your professors and peers. Our program allows students and aspiring authors to engage in intensive creative study from both a writing and a literary perspective, requiring you to take creative writing workshops as well as literature courses. You also have the option to expand your study beyond traditional creative and literary texts and take courses in teaching writing, technical writing, grammar, and rhetoric. You'll have the opportunity to learn about how to publish your own work professionally. Additionally, creative writing students get the chance to work on the student-run literary magazine Arrow Rock.
Like every Lindenwood student, you must also complete the General Education requirements of the Bachelor of Arts. You are also required to be proficient in at least one foreign language up to and including the Intermediate II level, which can be fulfilled by coursework, a placement test, or most often a combination of the two.
See a list of English Course Descriptions to see the range of possible courses you might be taking.
What can I do with a Creative Writing Emphasis?
The English Literature BA with a Creative Writing Emphasis from Lindenwood University will give you the knowledge and skills needed to move into a variety of potential educational paths or career fields, including law school, graduate school, education, journalism, technical and business writing, copywriting, editing, and proofreading. In fact, the in-depth writing preparation students get in writing workshops will be directly applicable to communication skills essential in any career choice. Creative Writing helps students advance their communication skills, whether they intend to pursue a writing-related career or not; employers are impressed with the level of polish and control English majors have with language.
Interested in joining us as a major at Lindenwood? Contact us for more information!