Creative Writing

Currently, this program is not accepting applications.

As a student of Creative Writing, your primary focus will be creating original fiction, poetry, memoir, and/or screenwriting in community with fellow writers. You will also take significant courses in literature. Creative Writing develops sophisticated storytelling and editorial skills that translate to real-world work in a variety of fields. Journalism and broadcast majors learn to engage audiences with true stories. Marketing majors create compelling content through active language, image, and detail. Psychology majors study human behavior through literature and give voice to their own stories. Film majors examine the art of writing dialogue and the many possibilities for telling stories.

The minor in Creative Writing offers students an opportunity to respond creatively to their experiences of the world, to draw upon their imaginations, and to collaborate with one another.

Program Highlights

  • Gain special access to award-winning author visits/events limited to majors and minors.

  • Benefit from being mentored in the nuts and bolts of literary publishing. 

  • Study with award-winning, currently publishing writers.

  • Work with the team producing the Upper Mississippi Harvest literary magazine.

  • Join Writer’s Club!


Program Distinctions

  • Creative Writing speaker series on professionalizing topics such as careers in publishing, how to send out work for publication, preparing your portfolio for jobs, writing and editing for radio, the literary life.
  • Public readings and conversations with award-winning visiting writers.
  • Graduates secure writing, editing, communications, and brand management jobs, and work abroad as tutors, teachers, and translators.
  • The Write Place is St. Cloud State’s writing center and employs student writing coaches who help hundreds of students each year.

Popular Careers

  • Writing, including for nonprofits, organizations, or companies

  • Communications and marketing

  • Editing and publishing

  • Public relations