English-Creative Writing

Department of English

English-Creative Writing

The Creative Writing major at UIndy gives you the opportunity to develop and hone your creative writing skills. Whether you’re interested in poetry or fiction, our dedicated faculty will help you push your writing endeavors to new heights. With a diverse background of writing skills, our faculty can show you how to make your poems memorable or your short story cohesive and entertaining. Multiple writing workshop courses will help you improve your writing, while literature courses will allow you to explore various genres. Students can also add a Creative Writing minor to any degree.

Program strengths

  • Published authors meet and speak with students in their classes
  • Students get valuable hands-on experience editing and publishing a literary and fine arts magazine, Etchings
  • Course topics include advanced poetry and advanced fiction writing workshops, genre writing workshops, and publishing the literary and fine arts magazines
  • Career-focused electives help students understand how to market their writing skills
  • Faculty have published books in both fiction and poetry
  • Students can meet and listen to writers speak through the Kellogg Writer Series

"The personable professors are so welcoming and concerned with helping you succeed. They do not take it easy on you, but help you ask the right questions to get past challenging topics."

Bob Hefst


Potential careers in Creative Writing:

The creative writing program is designed to not only hone your creative writing skills, but also enhance your research, reading and composition skills, which are valuable in many fields, including:

  • Professional writer: Many students choose to use their creative writing skills for companies by writing grants, web content or technical documents.
  • Professional editor: Many marketing departments rely on editors to review work before it is published.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Further develop and hone your creative writing skills by attending graduate school.
  • Creative writer: With hard work and dedication, you could become a published author or poet.
  • Literary arts administration:Work for community arts organizations that develop poetry in the schools and communities, literacy outreach and writer series programs.
  • Advertising and marketing: Advertising, public relations, media and marketing departments depend on good copywriters.

Creative Writing might be for you if:

  • You enjoy planning, writing and developing your own creative fiction
  • You enjoy writing poetry and want to learn how to improve your writing
  • You are curious about how you can apply, market and utilize your creative writing talents in the real world
  • You want to learn about the styles and techniques of poetry and/or fiction

Creative Writing minor

Pairing a Creative Writing minor with another degree shows future employers that you have studied the art and craft of writing, which is an increasingly common asset in many career fields. Countless businesses require individuals who can effectively manage the flow of written communication, using proper points of view, grammar and structure and well-developed ideas. Completion of this minor requires a minimum of 21 hours of core requirements and electives.


Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a Creative Writing major. The general education guide provides a list of all the class options and requirements that you need in order to fulfill the university’s general education requirements. The Creative Writing guide provides a list of all the classes you will need take in order to fulfill the major’s requirements. Be sure you look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.

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