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.
Why Major in Creative Writing?
- Your Skills Are in Demand
Students in literature and creative writing 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. You can also easily enhance these skills by adding a minor in Professional Writing and Rhetoric.
- Great Opportunities in English and Secondary Education
Students who combine the study of creative writing with licensure in secondary education have a 100% job placement rate. The world needs more great teachers, and you can become one of them.
- 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.
Queens English majors have held internships at various magazines, small presses, organizations and businesses, including:
- 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
"Queens professors care about students' academics yes, but they also care about them developing and growing as individuals."
When You Graduate
Queens students in writing and literature have worked 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. Some of our alums have pursued graduate degrees in literature, creative writing, teaching, drama and law, furthering their studies at Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, University of New Orleans, George Mason University, UNC-Greensboro, University of Iowa, Simmons College, and University of Washington.
"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