The stories we tell matter. And in creative writing, the matter is both what story you tell and how you tell it. Wheaton’s creative writing program offers both introductory and advanced courses in poetry, playwriting, fiction, and nonfiction. Students attend workshops, where they share their work and receive feedback from the professor and one another. Many students go on to share work with the broader community, whether on the physical page, online, or from the stage. A degree in creative writing could be the first chapter in your publishing career or the foreword to earning your MFA.
100% of Creative Writing majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *
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
Student-run literary magazines
Wheaton offers a vibrant, collaborative setting for aspiring writers. The Creative Writing program hosts two annual play festivals, where students produce and perform one-act plays that were written by students. The week of the festival is alive with activity. It opens with a prompt is provided to the student body. Then plays are selected from the student submissions. Rehearsals and direction then lead up to a performance at the Kresge Experimental Theatre to a packed house.
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Social justice through literature
Compelled to make a difference, a close-knit group of Wheaton alumni and friends led by Zhanu Bowden ’00 decided to effect change through action. The group formed 16 Lyrics, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that is working to dismantle systemic racism through education, community outreach and support of others.
Imaginative retellings of history
Author Jessica Knauss ’97 recently published a short story collection, Our Lady’s Troubadour, which honors the medieval Spanish king Alfonso X. Knauss, a double major in English Writing and Literature and Hispanic studies, conducted research for the book from her adopted home city of Zamora, Spain.