Creative Writing Major
Why Study Creative Writing at Virginia Tech?
Here, you will study with distinguished authors including Matthew Vollmer, Lucinda Roy, Jeff Mann, Evan Lavender-Smith, Sophia Terazawa, and Khadijah Queen. We also host a variety of campus readings for you to attend by renowned poets, playwrights, essayists, and fiction writers. Some of our past visiting writers have included:
- Viet Than Ngyuen
- George Saunders
- Carrie Fountain
- Douglas Kearney
- Matthew Salesses
- Jenny Boully
- Zadie Smith
- Terry Tempest Williams
- Kevin Young
- Terrance Hayes
- Cheryl Strayed
- Ocean Vuong
The major offers workshops that allow you to share your poems, stories, and essays with peer's to help you grow as a writer. With this opportunity, you can improve your writing skills while building your portfolio.
Study Abroad Programs
Average Class Size
English Courses Offered
Careers and Further Study
What can you do with a major in Creative Writing?
Jobs Held by Our Graduates
- Creative manager
- Literary agent
- Grant writer
- Video game developer
- Editor and copywriter
- Web designer
- Television writer
- Journalist and reporter
Creative Writing Major at Virginia Tech
Beyond the Classroom
- UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND INDEPENDENT STUDY
- STUDY ABROAD
- STRONG COMMUNITY
- WRITING WORKSHOPS
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.
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.
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 of the English language and its literature.
Our diverse faculty is made up of published authors and poets, accomplished playwrights and essayists, 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.
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 receive the same in return. No two workshops will ever be the same. Our goal is to help you improve your writing skills.
What You'll Study
Bachelor of Arts in English Degree
- Including Virginia Tech's Pathways
Creative Writing Major Requirements
- Introduction to Critical Reading
- Introduction to Critical Writing
- Literary History
- Acts of Interpretation
- Writing and Digital Media
- Capstone Experience
Minor and Elective Hours
Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.
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