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Creative Writing (BA)


Students in the Creative Writing program join an amazing community of writers devoted to sharing ideas, emotions, and experiences through words. Taught by faculty who are both award-winning authors and caring facilitators, students study a wide range of literature, develop critical reading abilities, explore diverse genres and modes, cultivate their own individual voices, and learn about publishing processes and possible careers. SVSU encourages students to share their work through an award-winning literary magazine, student readings, poetry slams, and visits with prominent writers

Cardinal Points

  • The Voices in the Valley series brings renowned poets and fiction writers from across the country to share their work with the campus community.

  • Creative Writing students who plan to apply to graduate programs receive individual counseling and have excellent acceptance rates.  

  • Creative Writing students can apply for the Seitz Creative Writing Scholarship to help fund their studies. 

SVSU’s Creative Writing program offers a strong foundation in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction as well as immersion in both “classic” and contemporary texts that range across time, genre, and culture. Life as a Creative Writing major includes diverse opportunities to hone your craft through supportive small workshops that emphasize the power of language and the importance of inspiration, revision, and conversation.  

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Aevitas Creative Management
Burton Glen Charter Academy
GreenPath Financial Wellness
Spicer Group
Wired Public Relations

Graduate Programs

Central Michigan University
Columbia College (Chicago)
Minnesota State University
University of South Carolina
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Career Opportunities

Content Strategist
Freelance Writer
Human Resources Specialist
Literary Agent

  • $59,480 is the median yearly pay for an editor in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $69,510 is the median yearly pay for a writer/author in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • SVSU Creative Writing graduates have careers as writers, editors, public relations specialists, literary agents, content marketing specialists, and more.
  • SVSU Creative Writing graduates have published everything from prize-winning poetry collections to romance novels to children’s books.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.