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Students who wish pursue careers in creative writing may begin during college by participating in writing courses, on-campus and off-campus creative publications, and community-based writing groups.
What you can do with a B.A.
After graduation, becoming a creative writer takes determination to keep submitting your work until you find a publisher and inspiration to keep writing original projects. National organizations like the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and local groups, such as the Hub City Writers Project and the South Carolina Commission Literary Arts Program can connect you with other writers through conferences, publications, readings, writing groups, workshops, and other programs.
What you can do with an M.F.A. (Master's of Fine Arts) or creative Ph.D.
Students who wish to build their skills through intensive study or who wish to teach creative writing in addition to being a creative writer should consider M.F.A. or creative Ph.D. programs.
Goals of Creative Writing Graduate Programs
Based upon the courses and philosophy statements of universities such as Antioch University and Iowa State University:
Finding the Right Creative Writing Graduate Program for You
Graduate programs are much more personalized and specialized than undergraduate degrees. Students must consider several factors in selecting a graduate program that will fit your particular needs:
Click for a Timeline for Preparing for and Applying to Creative Writing Graduate Programs
The Application Portfolio
Some M.F.A. Creative Writing Programs
Some Low-Residency M.F.A. Programs
Compiled by Dr. Celena E. Kusch, with contributions by Caroline Sullivan and Candice McCuen
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