How to Select a Writing School
Undergraduate students enrolled in a writing program typically earn a bachelor's degree in English, creative writing, journalism, communications or technical writing. Some college writing programs lead to an associate's degree. After finishing a bachelor's degree, graduate students interested in a writing career may earn a Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Most graduate programs require that prospective students submit a writing portfolio in order to be accepted to a program.
Consider the following when looking for a school with a writing program:
- Whether students wish to pursue creative writing, publishing, journalism or technical writing, they can find a school that offers a targeted degree program. For example, aspiring news reporters would do well to apply to a school that has a strong journalism program.
- Prospective students should research the credentials of the professors who teach within the writing program.
- Before choosing a college, future writing students need to check if the school offers writing opportunities outside of class. Contributing to literary journals, school newspapers and other school publications is an excellent way for writing majors to gain additional writing experience.
10 Schools with Writing Programs
|Emory University||4-year, Private|
|Hamilton College||4-year, Private|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, Private|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4-year, Private|
|New York University||4-year, Private|
|Washington University in St. Louis||4-year, Private|
|University of Iowa||4-year, Public|
|Columbia University||4-year, Private|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||4-year, Public|
|Colorado College||4-year, Private|