Creative Writing education

Bachelor's Degree  | Russellville Campus | In-Person or Blended

 

Arkansas Tech is one of only fourteen public institutions in the United States to offer a B.F.A. in Creative Writing. Established over forty years ago, Tech's B.F.A. provides a foundation of writing skills, editing techniques, literary analysis, and advanced composition work to assist student writers in finding their unique voices. Practical experience and training in editing, layout and marketing prepare students for writing careers in the digital world. Enrollment in poetry, fiction and nonfiction workshops is limited to 16 students to allow for adequate attention to each student’s work. Senior-level workshops are offered in a variety of genres, including screenwriting, travel writing, humor writing and historical fiction. As a capstone to the program, students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a creative writing professor on a project of their choosing. Many Creative Writing Education majors gain valuable practical experience with layout software and the contemporary publishing environment by editing and staffing Nebo, Tech’s nationally distributed literary journal. To the foundation of knowledge, experience, and skill provided by the B.F.A., Creative Writing Education majors add the English course work, pedagogical training, and teaching internship, during which they are mentored by experienced secondary English teachers, that qualify them for Arkansas English Language Arts teaching licenses for grades 7-12. Many Creative Writing Education majors complete the four TESOL courses that allow them to add an Arkansas ESL endorsement to their teaching licenses.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Creative Writing Education majors complete a year-long internship that involves directed field observation and a semester-long teaching internship in a secondary school.
  • Creative Writing Education majors can gain valuable editing and publishing experience by enrolling in either ENGL 2881 Practicum: Literary Journal Publication or ENGL 4881-4 Practicum: Editing Literary Journal. The student editor and staff produce two issues of Tech's nationally distributed literary magazine Nebo each year.
  • Each year the Department of English and World Languages hosts two visiting authors who conduct a workshop with creative writing majors and give public reading.

SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN

  • Mastery of the conventions of standard written English.
  • Advanced skill in critical thinking and literary analysis
  • Familiarity with major figures, works and movements in British and American literature
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Ability to complete original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Ability to critique and copyedit one's own work and the work of others.
  • Knowledge of the 21st century publishing industry.
  • Awareness of the cultural role of languages in the global community.
  • Ability to apply current instructional methods in teaching and assessing English language arts at the secondary level.

About This Degree

TUITION

In-State: $232 | Out-of-State: $464

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

CAREER OPTIONS

You could work as a(n):

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Professor
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Various High Schools in the state

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Graduate study in creative writing, screenwriting, English, linguistics, TESOL, technical and professional Writing, college student personnel, instructional leadership, and library science.
  • Certificate of proficiency in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • ESL endorsement

Point of Pride

Arkansas Tech Creative Writing graduates have been admitted to prestigious M.F.A. programs at Penn State, Bryn Mawr, Texas-Austin, Southern Mississippi, North Carolina-Greensboro, and Naropa.

 

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