Creative Writing


Creative Writing is one of those fields where you don’t necessarily need a degree to get work, but at the same time you’d almost be crazy not to. Creative Writing majors learn the ins and outs of writing for different audiences, practicing different techniques and pushing themselves to be even more creative. While no degree is ever required to publish your work, you can get up to a master’s degree in this field that just might position you to have the job of your dreams.

Is This Major Right for You?

Do You Like These Things?

Creative Writing majors are like a combination of English majors and Art majors. They love studying other’s writings, but they’re also excited about expressing themselves. They don’t just love poems and stories, but also graphic novels, plays, scripts and everything else written.

Do You Have These Skills?

It should go without saying that Creative Writing majors are good writers. That means they not only have good ideas and can communicate them with words, but they’re also good at the grammar and have an impressive vocabulary. A Creative Writing major can work on a deadline, even pushing through writer’s block to get the job done.

Who Shouldn't Pick This Major

Creative Writing has impressively little math to worry about. However, if you’re only considering this major because you hate math you may find you’ll soon hate writing. This is only for those who really love writing and can handle the stress of doing a whole lot of it.

Is This What You Want After Graduation?

What You'll Learn

You may think for a while you’re majoring in reading rather than writing. Creative Writing majors will spend a lot of their time reading poetry, short stories, novels and more for all kinds of authors. You’ll also learn an awful lot about critiquing and – harsh – being critiqued. You’ll have your writing ripped to shreds, and in front of your entire class (or even by your entire class).

Jobs You Might Get

You’d be surprised how many things need to be written creatively. Aside from the hard-to-define (plus crappy benefits package) job of poet or writer, there’s work as a screen writer (say for a major motion picture in Hollywood), as teachers, and as magazine writers or editors.


Make sure you’re grades in high school English are strong. And you’ll definitely want to make sure you don’t have a history of plagiarism. It’s one thing to be inspired by the writing of another. But to outright steal someone else’s words is the cardinal sin in the writing world.


Your college will likely have some version of a literary magazine. Get involved in that, either by contributing your writing or volunteering as an editor. While you’re at it, enter every poetry or essay contest you come across. In addition to winning some sweet prizes along the way, you’ll have a list of published work to add to your resume before you even graduate.