Literary art of bringing words to life

Despite burgeoning tech designed to mimic human creativity, no one can write the way you do, be it a short story, poem or personal essay. Susquehanna University encourages, facilitates and celebrates your voice, vision and passion for the written word. Here, we listen. Here, you will hone your craft and uncover opportunities as teachers shepherd you to a new level of expression. Here, you will excel.

Immerse yourself in a creative community at Susquehanna that The Princeton Review has called “top-notch,” where poetry slams and late-night literary gatherings are regular events. You will refine your voice with thoughtful critiques and mentorship from our award-winning faculty, who are also published authors.

Susquehanna’s Creative Writing program offers ample publishing opportunities with five student-run publications to help you build your portfolio. You can also expand your professional network and poise yourself for growth by participating in special alumni events. Literary arts internships and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center summer scholarships support your creativity as you develop your professional writing career. Plus, a senior seminar helps you land your post-college destination with confidence.

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of creative writing faculty have published at least one book
of alumni find writing-related work within a year after graduation
of students intern with a literary arts-affiliated organization

Creative writing opens many doors

Storytelling has been vital to society since the dawn of humanity. That’s why creative writing skills translate into a wide variety of careers, from criminal justice to human resources. Learn how Susquehanna University’s alumni are using their degrees to make a difference.

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“Susquehanna’s writing program is extraordinary in every way-in fact, I’ve never seen anything like it. The students are wildly talented, deeply committed, and supportive of one another, and faculty are nearly super-human in their rigor as teachers and in their achievement-nationally and internationally-as poets, essayists and fiction writers. This is a rare and wondrous place.”

Lia Purpura, Guggenheim Fellow, author of On Looking and Rough Likeness

Potential Careers

  • Publishing
  • Communications
  • Law
  • Education
  • Journalism

Recent Employers

  • Simon & Schuster
  • The Peace Corps
  • Marvel Comics
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Shane English School in China

Graduate School Placement

  • The Iowa Writers’  Workshop
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Rutgers University
  • The University of Arizona

Go beyond the classroom

A creative writing program can take you to exciting new places. Discover how Susquehanna University’s study-abroad opportunities enhance your literary education.

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Studying for a Degree in Creative Writing

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in creative writing at Susquehanna.

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