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Program Overview

Are you an enthusiastic storyteller? Do you find yourself putting words on the page, dreaming of turning your ideas into reality? Consider joining Ashland University’s Creating Writing program. Here, you can develop your voice, hone your abilities and learn to make a living from your art. A degree in Creative Writing helps you develop critical thinking and clear expression—combined with knowledge of writing, reading comprehension and the humanities, it serves as proof of your devotion to the craft.

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Learning Experiences

When you study Creative Writing at Ashland University, you do more than read and write. You study the efforts, experiences and methods of published authors. You draft your own stories and works of various genres, and seek to publish them.

You also: 

  • Receive personalized attention from professors who are published authors themselves
  • Learn about the publishing process from those who have experienced it firsthand
  • Receive invaluable feedback on your personal work
  • Meet with published authors who visit the Languages and Literatures Department as guest speakers
  • Gain rewarding, real-world experience through internships with Ashland Poetry Press or the Ashland Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program
  • Join the editorial team of the Black Fork Review, a literary journal run by students, for students.

Learn more about the Creative Writing program in the program profile, or by reviewing the syllabus for any course or the course rotation.

MFA student working on a writing project

Contact Information

Hilary Donatini
Chair, Languages and Literatures Department
306 Bixler Hall 

Angela Miller, Administrative Assistant
203 Bixler Hall

For questions about first-year composition, please contact Maura Grady by email at