Creative Writing

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There are few things in life as personally fulfilling as writing a story or poem others want to read. The best authors understand how to use the tools of their craft to convey emotion and move people to action.

With the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, students have two avenues to choose from in the emphasis: Poetry or Fiction. Whichever path students decide to take, they will be guided by our experienced and encouraging staff. Students will be guided through classes such as Intro to Creative Writing, Multi-Genre Writing, and The Craft of Fiction/Poetry. Students will grow and learn to express themselves in a nurturing environment while they strive for their career goals.

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At Pittsburg State, we believe you learn by doing. That’s why students are given the opportunity to publish in the PSU student literary magazine, The Cow Creek Review. They can also be members of the magazine’s staff to review submissions, help create the magazine’s design, and prepare it for publication.

Students are able to have their work judged by professionals in the university’s annual literary contest and are provided with multiple opportunities to read their work in public, both on and off campus.

Recent graduates of this program have found successful careers as professional writers, greeting card developers, and managers in a wide variety of businesses and organizations.

Pittsburg State graduates have been accepted into prestigious M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs throughout the nation and have received the Truman Capote Fellowship at the Iowa Writers Workshop and the John Grisham Fellowship at the University of Mississippi.

Possible careers include:

  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Marketing Professional
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Many More

About English and Modern Languages Department

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs are offered in English and in Modern Languages. A master’s program is also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing, and Spanish.

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