A creative writing degree is an asset in just about any career you pursue because it helps you develop insightful thought and clear expression.

Our grads have pursued a wide variety of paths, such as reporting, editing, writing, public relations, journalism and more.

From poetic forms and meters to the finer points of style, the program helps you hone your skills to a sharpness you’ll be proud to share with the world. One of the special strengths of the program is the advice you receive from professors and authors on how to navigate the often-challenging publishing world when your manuscript is complete.

Strengths of the Creative Writing Program

  • You receive one-on-one attention from professors who are published authors.
  • You get a well-rounded look at the entire publishing process.
  • Your work will receive close attention. For example, your senior capstone manuscript is studied and discussed for one-to-two full weeks in class, during which you receive invaluable feedback.
  • When you graduate you will have a fully developed manuscript.
  • You will have opportunities to meet with published authors who come to the English department as guest speakers. Recently, we have hosted such writers as Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn and Barbara Hurd.
  • As a senior-level writing student ,you will take a capstone course in which you work toward creating a polished series of stories or essays or a chapbook of poems.

Professors Who Know the World of Publishing

  • Professors have published works and remain active as writers pursuing publication.
  • Professors include both prose writers and poets.
  • Your classes are always taught by professors in the Creative Writing program, not by graduate students or teaching assistants.
  • Professors enjoy mentoring students and meeting one-on-one to draw out their skills as writers.

Gain Real World Experience

During your time at Ashland University, you can gain invaluable real-world experience through internships with River Teeth, Ashland Poetry Press, and the Ashland Master of Fine Arts Program.

Some Courses in the Major

  • Problems in Creative Writing — Explore the development of individual style and voice in student writing through a series of prose and poetry projects.
  • Writers' Workshop: Creative Nonfiction/Fiction — Taught by professors with extensive publishing experience, this seminar course discusses the craft of writing fiction and creative nonfiction.
  • Capstone Course in Creative Writing — Study the editing and presentation of your literary output.
  • Writers' Workshop: Poetry — Taught by professors with extensive publishing experience, this seminar course discusses the craft of writing poetry.

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