Creative Writing

Write your way toward your future! As a student of Creative Writing, you will advance from foundations in the crafts of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting to many collaborative opportunities. Edit and produce a literary magazine, learn the art of reviewing, write for video and film, and explore experimental forms and media.

Your coursework will show how your own work fits into its broader literary, cultural and historical contexts. Visiting writers have noticed that our program turns students here into skilled readers and interpreters.

Program Highlights

  • Work closely with award-winning faculty authors who have published books and are well networked with the Twin Cities arts community.
  • Plan internships in professionalizing, challenging environments.
  • Study abroad worldwide, whether at Alnwick Castle (England), Mary Immaculate College (Ireland), or Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.
  • Gain editing and publication production experience with The Upper Mississippi Harvest (which has published student poems, art, fiction, and even comics for over 60 years), the Kaleidoscope multicultural literary arts magazine, or the University Chronicle student newspaper.
  • This program is also available as a minor to complement other majors. 

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
  • Students and graduates publish frequently--see the Alumni News link on the English homepage for more information
  • Recent graduates have landed writing, editing, communications, and brand management jobs, and are working abroad as tutors, teachers, and translators
  • Opportunities to tutor your peers! The Write Place, St. Cloud State’s writing center, employs dozens of student writing coaches (often English majors) who help thousands of students each year

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Social media/brand management

University Facts & Stats

  • 93% of English graduates employed

  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered

  • 90+ nations represented on campus

  • $4.8 million HD TV broadcasting renovation

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