Hone your critical and creative writing skills under the guidance of faculty members esteemed for both their writing and teaching, and explore professional opportunities in the publishing world and beyond.
The written word can be a powerful tool. A skilled writer can invent new worlds and languages, create compelling characters and narratives, and bring concepts and ideas to life. Through our BA in Creative Writing program, you'll develop skills and tools to invoke your creativity, tell your stories, and tap into the true power of writing.
As a Creative Writing undergraduate major, you can focus on one of five genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Script and Screenplay, or Writing for Children and Young Adults.
With an average class size of 16-20 students, your classes will be engaging, your voice will be heard, and your words will be read. Creative dialogue with your professors and peers will allow you to elevate your writing to a new level. Dedicated faculty members will give you the skills to provide and receive constructive criticism. This program emphasizes feedback and collaboration so you'll consistently produce strong and honest work.
Our location in Cambridge, Massachusetts is an awesome environment to cultivate your creativity and your career. You'll be able to participate in poetry slams, attend readings from noteworthy authors in the Boston area, or see local theatrical productions. Boston's status as a major media market opens doors for amazing internship placements at The Harvard Review, Teen Voices and Performer Magazine.
Additionally, Lesley’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program is ranked sixth in the country by Poets & Writers, and you'll have the option to apply for an accelerated BA/MFA dual degree linked to that program.
This workshop-based course introduces students to the art and craft of writing for children and young adults. By studying the elements that underlie children’s and teen literature, students will gain a fuller understanding of what it means to write for these age groups. Students will balance readings that focus on universal themes, common approaches and the essentials of writing, with two research papers in the form of craft annotations, and the preparation of a manuscript, consisting of either two picture books, two short stories or an excerpt from a middle grade or young adult novel.
Sam Trevino's poetry was honored at the 2012 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival. Click here to read his poem "Variation on 'The Honeymooners.'"
Sam is a Creative Writing student (BA 2013). He is interning this semester at DigBoston, the city's alternative weekly paper. In that role he is writing articles, reviewing music albums and concerts, and creating humor pieces which are published either online or in the publication's print edition. Through this work he is learning the ins and outs of journalism and small press publishing.
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