List of Writing Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Authors , writers and editors generally must have a college degree. Certificate, undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. degree programs are available in writing. Consideration of the program's curriculum, as well as career goals, will aid in selecting a writing school.

How to Select a Writing School

To select a writing school or university, a person should consider the curriculum first. Major concentration should be placed on the study of English, communications or journalism. Bachelor's degree-seeking students can concentrate on creative writing, literature or linguistics, communications, or journalism. Some schools require a portfolio and personal statement. For those wishing to pursue their graduate or post-graduate degree in writing, a Master's or Ph.D. in English are desirable choices. These programs offer skills in research, adult learning theory and education, children's literature and writing theory, as well as topics specific to the interests of the student. Most graduate and post-graduate degree programs require a thesis or dissertation, and assist their students with the process in classes and workshops.

Consider the following when selecting a school:

  • Some universities help students build up their resume and gain exposure to agents or publishers.
  • Schools might also offer assistance, such as guidance on converting a dissertation into a book and getting it published.
  • The school should have opportunities for experience in areas such as a school newspaper, magazine and website.
  • Writing contests, writing clubs, workshops and associations are offered on many campuses.
  • Aspiring writers should keep in mind that although many certificate programs are advantageous, a degree is generally required for employment.

10 Writing Schools

College/University Institution Type
Arizona State University 4-year, Public
Central Michigan University 4-year, public
Delaware State University 4-year, public
Lewis & Clark College 4-year, private not-for-profit
Marquette University 4-year, private not-for-profit
Northwestern University 4-year, private not-for-profit
Portland State University 4-year, public
SUNY Buffalo State 4-year, public
Temple University 4-year, public
The University of Texas at Austin 4-year, public
University of Missouri-St. Louis 4-year, public

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