Participate in a wide range of courses reflective of your creative interests. You'll learn about major writers, literary traditions, and contemporary innovations. Under the guidance of published writers, you'll also develop a portfolio of material showcasing your range and versatility as a creative writer.

3 Study abroad Programs
22 Average Class Size
1:5 Faculty to Student Ratio
100+ English Courses Offered

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Writing Workshops

During our Creative Writing major workshops, you will have the opportunity to share your stories, poems, and essays with your classmates. You'll offer critiques, compliments, suggestions, and interpretations of your peers work; you'll recieve the same in return. No two workshops will ever be the same. Our goal is to help you improve your writing skills.

Creative Writing Major Workshops
What Is a Degree in Creative Writing?

A Creative Writing major prepares you for a career as a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama, and those who wish to enter the fields of editing or publishing. As a creative writing major, you will be able to take courses in:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Playwriting
  • Writing for young people
  • Creative non-fiction
Why Study Creative Writing Here?

Here, you will study with distinguished authors including Nikki Giovanni and Matthew Vollmer. We also offer a variety of campus readings for you to attend by renowned poets, playwrights, essayists, and fiction writers. In the past our visiting writers have included:

  • Junot Diaz
  • C.D. Wright
  • Leslie Marmon Silko

Beyond the Classroom

Internships

Get Experience

Engage in your profession by writing, researching, editing, and making connections with employers across the country. Apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom to the workplace. Internships earn academic credit and provide valuable real-world experience. 

Internships

Undergraduate Research and Independent Study

Collaborate

You will work with a faculty mentor to experiment with language, find inspiration, grow as an artist, and share your work with peers and mentors. Learn how to brainstorm and experiment, gain experience performing your work for audiences, learn how to critique stories, poems, and plays in a workshop setting, and submit your work to literary magazines.

Undergrad research

Study Abroad

Study Away

We host a faculty-led trip to London, an exchange program with Loughborough University, and a Wintermester Experience that visits different locations each year. These experiences enrich your understanding of the history and culture with the English language and its literature.

Study Abroad

Strong Community

Faculty Mentors

Our diverse faculty is made up of published authors and poets, accomplished playwrights and essaysists, and recipients of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. We love mentoring our students and take great pride in watching them grow as writers.

Faculty Mentors
What Our Students Are Saying

"The creative writing program at Tech instilled in me a deep rooted search for truth."

— Devin Cornwall, '11

"How fortunate I [have] been to have my poetry workshoped by such wonderful writers and professors."

- Allison Donohue, '12

"I was impressed with the dedication of the faculty members ... and their willingness to guide students through the creative process."

- Thomas Beckwith, '10

"Not only did VT help acquaint me with the exisiting opportunities and logistics for pursuing poetry further past my writing desk, it also brought me closer to poetry as a genre - as a practice and as a discipline of study."

- Conor Bracken '09

Careers and Further Study