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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing major is designed for students who have an intense interest in cultivating the skills, knowledge and inventiveness needed to write creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

The program combines a grounding in literary study with a workshop-style focus on writing and language. Students will learn to create complex and emotionally powerful work and join a long and storied tradition of writers from Syracuse University that have critiqued the ills of society, explored human frailties and strengths and probed the psychological depths of horror and mystery.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Learn more about the Creative Writing program.


Core coursework includes literature classes, creative writing workshops and craft classes in at least two genres. The program balances reading historical and contemporary literature with the practice of writing. Sample courses include

  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • Fairytales in Fiction
  • Interpretation of Nonfiction
  • Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • World Literature
  • Introduction to Shakespeare

Practical Experience

Take advantage of real-world learning opportunities that will bolster and enhance your experience.

Study Abroad

Consistently ranked among the top international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad is a storied part of the Syracuse experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their four years.

Life After Syracuse University

The career options for majors in the Creative Writing Major are broad. Creative writers publish their work but are also in demand in a variety of fields, including:

  • Publishing
  • Communications
  • Public relations
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Journalism and technical writing
  • Web design