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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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