The process of writing is incomparably powerful - what else forces us to so deeply examine, ponder, and intelligently comment on the world that surrounds us? However, becoming a good writer and effective communicator in the midst of a culture which consumes its news in 160-character increments can certainly be challenging. The purpose of the Creative Writing major is to harvest a supportive and exploratory environment that will allow expressiveness and craft to thrive.
The Creative Writing degree is an individualized major which allows students to immerse themselves in a course of study curtailed to their personal interests. Our students frequently choose to combine creative writing with other focus areas such as screenwriting , filmmaking , fine arts , expressive arts , and graphic design .
At the foundation of the Creative Writing major are several essential principles. One is that writers, above all, must be readers - voracious and discerning readers. With this in mind, most of the program's courses have an added component of examination and critique of literature.
The second is that writers need to be fluent in multiple styles or genres - today more than ever. The Creative Writing major is structured to provide breadth of experience as well as depth. Students will be armed with the tools they need to create works in non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting.
As students advance in the program, they may choose to concentrate their writing practice on one genre or continue to cross pollinate. To strengthen and polish their craft, or to experiment with the boundaries between genres, students may substitute self-designed learning activities for electives.
Creative Writing Degree Requirements:
All students are required to complete an upper-level internship in the major; typical placements include settings such as museums, newspapers, magazines, libraries, arts programs, and schools. Each student also undertakes a 6-credit capstone Degree Project in the last two semesters to produce a substantial piece of creative work accompanied by a reflective essay that explores technical, aesthetic, personal, and social contexts of the work.
Every Bachelor of Arts degree candidate must complete Burlington College’s General Education requirements and earn 120 credits to achieve a degree.