As a student of creative writing, you'll explore how we try to understand our lives and our world by writing stories, poems, essays, and novels. Over the course of required workshops and seminars, you'll develop your own distinctive voice as a writer and create a portfolio of original work that you'll present in a public reading in your senior year. And by practicing different modes of writing-creative, critical, and professional-you'll also develop the kind of critical thinking and writing skills that can be applied to many different careers.
General Education Requirements
Why Major in Creative Writing?
- Your Skills Are in Demand
Students in creative writing and literature are the best writers on campus. English majors are proven to be great critical thinkers and readers, detail-oriented writers, creative communicators and passionate learners. These abilities-to converse, design, analyze, troubleshoot and resolve issues-are invaluable in an endless number of professions.
- A Community of Writers and Readers
At Queens, we've developed a strong community of writers and lovers of literature. Creative writing students work together to publish the literary magazine Signet and to sponsor annual readings of their own works. Our community of writers is taught by award-winning faculty, including a nominee for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and we regularly feature readings by visiting writers and talks by literary professionals.
Our creative writing majors have held internships at various magazines, small presses, organizations and businesses. More specifically, some have interned with:
- Charlotte Arts and Science Council
- Carolina Actors Studio
- The Charlotte Observer
- Charlotte Arts Magazine
- Charlotte Magazine
- Creative Loafing News
- Pro-Edit Incorporated
- Jefferson Pilot Insurance
When You Graduate
Our English majors have gone on to attain employment in publishing, editing, newspaper and television journalism, copywriting and advertising. We also have graduates who have become employees in a variety of non-traditional fields ranging from financial institutions to small businesses contexts.
Some of our alumni have pursued graduate studies in literature, creative writing, teaching, drama and law. Some of our students furthering their study in English have attended University of Cambridge, Emory University, New York University, Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, Tulane, George Mason University, UNC-Greensboro, University of Iowa and University of Washington.
You will also have the option to attain licensure to teach English at the secondary level (grades 9-12) in collaboration with our Cato School of Education.
"The support and encouragement of the faculty and staff truly sets Queens apart. The fact that students have direct access to faculty - not mediated by TAs -is really exceptional in today's campus culture." -Creative Writing major Laura Brekke '08
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.