• Creative Writing (BA)

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    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5119 x2407

  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from a program open to transfer students, adults, and other nontraditional undergraduates. Work with faculty mentors who are themselves acclaimed writers and literary professionals. Through writing workshops, literature courses, the Writer's Life Colloquium, and a capstone project you prepare for a career in fields such as editing, publishing, journalism, and new media, or graduate work in writing, literature, journalism, media, or cultural studies.

    • Degree Bachelor of Arts
    • Credits 120 (up to 84 transfer credits)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus or online
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Legacy of Excellence

    The New School offered the first academic creative writing workshop in 1931 and pioneered a new philosophy of education. The idea: students would make their own lives and their own stories part of their education. Today, The New School continues to celebrate and cultivate daring and diverse new voices through its its highly regarded MFA in Creative Writing Program, Summer Writers Colony, New School Publishing Institute, and the BA in Creative Writing. Creative Writing BA students may also apply to the Riggio: Writing and Democracy honors program.

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    Career Paths

    The BA in Creative Writing is a pathway to such employment opportunities as editorial assistant, proofreader, freelance writer, web developer, and web producer. Graduates are prepared to work in the writing and publishing industries, as well as advertising. Ultimately, graduates of this program develop careers as working writers, publishing professionals or publishers, editors, or publicists. This program also prepares students to apply to graduate programs in journalism or creative writing, including The New School's MFA in Creative Writing.

  • Learn from and work with faculty mentors who are themselves acclaimed writers and literary professionals.

  • Featured Courses

    • In a relaxed and supportive but intellectually rigorous atmosphere, this beginner's course explores the delicate alchemy that produces excellent fiction. In our attempt to pinpoint exactly why we feel certain works are successful, we scrutinize character, tone, point of view, setting, plot, and d...

    • “Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them” (Rebecca Solnit). In this workshop, each writer identifies and develops a few stories the world needs to hear. We live in a time when huge corporations assert significant control ov...

    • This study of musical poetics focuses on the buried linguistic and musical structures of poetry and on the way these structures create voice and meaning in a poem. We discuss the way music serves as a muse for the poet and creates a relationship between form and content. Some class time is devote...

    • This course leads students step by step through the process of creating a short graphic novel. The course begins with analysis and critique of comics and then guides students through the stages involved in creating their own projects: outline, rough sketches, penciling, lettering, inking, and edi...

    • If everyone's a critic, why do we need arts writers? This writing workshop investigates arts journalism-encompassing theater, screens, architecture, food, dance, opera, fashion, music visual arts, books, and more-and what it means to be a feature writer or critic in the 21st century. We look with...

  • The life experience I brought to The New School improved my education — and I think it added to the classroom. The program made me a better student, a better researcher, and a better writer.

    Ted Kerr, BA Liberal Arts, Alumnus of the Riggio Honors Program
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