As a creative writing major you can expect to receive hands-on experience that will benefit your future as a writer. Faculty will help you improve your craft through writing workshops. This will allow you to focus on creating your content and provide the flexibility to discover your voice through high level analysis and critical thinking.
By The Morning Light
Writing major students were given the opportunity to participate in a new show, "By The Morning Light" that took place on campus and included work of 25 local photographers.
Read through the work of our current creative writing students.
Frozen and Waiting
Haikus by Stephanie Ortiz
My blue, chapped lips ache.
I stand here, numb to it all;
frozen and waiting.
It has been an eternity without you.
Your heavy waces wings turned to soft butter
as you flew against the wind and rushed towards the sun.
How dare you? How dare you leave me with nothing?
No reamins of you, no sight of you.
I replay the scene in my mind
like a sotry I want to hold against me -
like a book that should have never been written.
All we have is the last exchange of words.
All I have left is that vision of your face -
your golden face plummeting into the sea.
I'd say come back home Icarus,
but you have now made your home in gray water.
You have made your home below a sky that bleeds red in the horizon.
You have made your home a dusk that will never end,
and a dawn that will never begin.
You have made yourself a memory.
A sick dream.
A night terror.
And I have made myself a prisoner once again.
I have made my mouth into Pandora's box -
something that should never have been opened in the first place.
And it pains me that I will never see you again;
you who kept me tethered to earth
you who flew to the heavens and never returned.
The rocks remain still
Of the commotion
No matter the storms
You'll never see them
They never cry out
Yet they feel
All that we do
To live the life of a rock
Is to see from
My point of view
You can kick it
And it won't scream
You'll feel the pain
All of the chaos
The rock remains
You were the kindest
The most loving
Who knew that you could be
Warmer than the sun
On the days that my tears
Stuck to my cheeks like glue
Your golden hue
Was the only thing
That I could hold onto
For being you
In the creative writing major, you will work closely with faculty in multiple genres to cultivate the power of individual expression and develop your own voice. Through intensive training in both creative writing and cultural studies, you will build the highly marketable skills of critical thinking, nuanced analysis, creativity, communication and collaboration. Accordingly, creative writing students thrive as copywriters, content designers, marketing and public relations specialists, technical writers, podcasters and best-selling authors.
The exploration of cultural studies fosters engagement with literature, film, creative writing, and other art forms. Through this investigation, students learn to think beyond their own experiences and to understand how their ideas and actions shape the world they live in.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
Liberal Arts Core
The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS: 12 credits
Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
Social Tensions (3 cr.)
The American Experience (3 cr.)
Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)
Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
Jobs for Creative Writing Majors
You have limitless potential to fit into different areas as a creative writer. The skills you will learn in this program will be transferable into the workplace. You will be able to communicate, think and speak in different areas that will be marketable when looking to enter your next steps as a writer.