Creative Writing
Offered by the English department.

Find your voice in creative writing!

Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts (A. B.) in Creative Writing and Literature. Courses in the major include a wide selection of poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and performance. Students may undertake advanced work in one genre or multiple genres. Graduates typically pursue MFA degrees, or careers in teaching and publishing, and many win Fulbright and other prestigious fellowships.

The Creative Writing and Literature major is selective, yet creative writing workshops are open to all students regardless of major. The limited size of the creative writing workshops and the intensive individual attention from full-time faculty members make the creative writing courses ideal for those with a genuine commitment to the literary arts. Students can hone their craft with visiting writers, run Rushlight, the college’s literary magazine, perform their work in public, and much more.

The Visiting Artist Program at Wheaton provides a generous endowment for bringing artists to campus. Each year, emerging and established writers in each of the genres visit workshops, offer one-on-one conferences with students, and give public readings to the campus and the community.

Programs

Faculty

Deyonne Bryant

Samuel Valentine Cole Associate Professor of English; Chair, English Department

Charlotte Meehan

Playwright-in-Residence, Professor of English, Mary Heuser Chair in the Arts

Kent Shaw

Assistant Professor of English

Internships

Mary Quinn

2021, Biology, Creative Writing

The Conger Family Internship Fund

New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, Middleboro/Marion/Mattapoisett/Wareham, MA

This experience made me realize that I love fieldwork, and that I definitely belong in the biology major.

Madeleine Limoges

2021, Creative Writing

Merit Scholarship

Wheaton College Lexomics Research Group, Norton, MA

My experience on the Lexos team gave me more self-confidence, along with learning how to properly prioritize tasks.

Lily Goneau

2020, Creative Writing

Merit Scholarship

Wheaton College Lexomics Research Group, Norton, MA

This internship not only gave me the opportunity to develop skills in teamwork, communication and research but also gave me insight on how authors approach writing and construct their novels from draft to publication.

Sydney Evans

2021, Creative Writing, Environmental Science

Wheaton Edge Fellowship

Wheaton College, Norton, MA

I worked in a research lab environment and immersed myself in scientific data pertaining to geology and planetary science. I learned to use new software and gained digital editing skills that will help me if I continue working with figure-making and scientific publishing.

Shannon Connolly

2020, Visual Art, Creative Writing

Elizabeth Wright Shippee '37 Fund for Work and Learning Fellows

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

Working at a museum that had a poetry festival allowed me to use my graphic design and writing skills to promote the festival, as well as immerse myself in one of my favorite types of literature: poetry.

Erin Balachandran

2020, Creative Writing

The Conger Family Internship Fund

MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Methuen, Massachusetts

If I am ever in need of inspiration or a unique experience to write about in my endeavors as a writer, I will refer back to my internship. Not only can I write about the animals and their stories but also about the volunteers that I got to know while working for the staff.

Outcomes

100% of Creative Writing majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

100%
of Creative Writing majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Assistant, Alice Hoffman Writing
  • Deputy Field House Director, New Hampshire Democratic Party
  • Executive Project Assistant, Hachette Book Group
  • Public Relations, Racepoint Global
  • Teacher, New England Center for Children


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Vermont

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 58% for the classes of 2014-2018