Public Engagement

Degree Requirements

  • The BA in Creative Writing is awarded upon the completion of 120 credits, 30 of which must be in Creative Writing and Literature. The major consists of four literature courses, four creative writing workshops, the two-credit Writer's Life Colloquium course, and a four-credit capstone course. Creative Writing students may choose writing workshops and literature courses across a wide variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, journalism, playwriting, and more. A sequence of courses is offered for the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism, allowing students to progress from intermediate to advanced level courses throughout their program of study.

    Literature Courses

    Classic and contemporary literature is investigated from the specialized perspective of the active writer. Course offerings represent a variety of genres, but vary each semester according to the interests of the faculty. All literature courses concentrate on crucial aspects of craft as well as issues of literary history and theory.

    The Writing Workshop

    Guided by an experienced writer-teacher, students focus on their writing, both in the workshop and in individual conferences with the instructor. The emphasis is on the creative acts of self-editing and revision. Structure and content are adapted to the genre of the workshop.

    The Writer's Life Colloquium

    Creative Writing majors participate in a semester-long colloquium of visiting writers, critics, writing teachers, editors, and publishers. The colloquium reflects the wide range of cultural activity at The New School and the belief that students benefit from exposure to many voices and genres. Examples of regular events included  in the Writer's Life Colloquium are public readings and award ceremonies co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation, The Story Prize, National Book Foundation, National Book Critics Circle, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), PEN, the Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America, and public readings and discussions across the many genres of study offered through the Creative Writing Program. In an online course, students write critical and reflective essays about the events they attend.

    Capstone Project

    The Creative Writing Capstone is the culmination of the undergraduate degree, giving students the chance to revise, reconsider, and build upon the writing produced over the course of the major. Students develop their skills as editors, focusing on copy-editing as well as reexamining the scope, form, and content of their work. In the capstone workshop, the capstone cohort also develops a community of writers who are close readers of each other's writing. In addition, the capstone instructor provides written feedback at each step of the process.

    Creative Writing students can study full-time or part-time. Students have online and evening study options that are particularly convenient for part-time students, including nontraditional and adult students.

    Required Courses Credits
    Four Literature Courses (Subject Code NLIT)

    Sample courses:
    NLIT 3324 Emily Dickinson
    NLIT 3383 Reading Toni Morrison
    NLIT 3530 Science Fiction
    NLIT 3891 Shakespeare and Poetry
    Four Creative Writing Workshops (Subject Code NWRW at 2000 Level or Above)

    Sample courses:
    NWRW 3205 Poetry: The Language of Music
    NWRW 3301 The Novel Workshop
    NWRW 3403 Finding Your Voice in Nonfiction
    NWRW 3611 Arts and Entertainment Journalism
    NWRW 3906 Writer's Life Colloquium
    NWRW 4001 Capstone Project
    Total Credits 30