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Best Creative Writing programs

vlv92vlv92 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
edited November 2013 in College Search & Selection
I trhink I might want to be a fiction writer. What is the best college for creative writing? The difficulty of entrance is not relevant.
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Replies to: Best Creative Writing programs

  • hawkphoenixhawkphoenix Registered User Posts: 542 Member
    To be very general, all the Ivies have strong writing/English programs. You will find very strong creative writing programs at small liberal arts colleges like Amherst, Williams, etc. In my opinion, Kenyon is the best college for creative writing.
  • khsstitcheskhsstitches Registered User Posts: 596 Member
    "Best" is a very subjective term, but in addition to the Ivies I would suggest Hampshire, Champlain, BU.
  • WeskidWeskid Registered User Posts: 1,288 Senior Member
    JHU also has a very impressive and well-known program.
  • teenage_clicheteenage_cliche Registered User Posts: 3,522 Senior Member
    I second JHU and Kenyon. On a less selective level, Knox.

    However, to get a better feel for each school, go on its website and look at the Creative Writing courses offered. For some schools, Creative Writing is a minor taken as part of an English major; at some schools, it's a major all its own. And some schools just have poetry and fiction while others have many more types of creative writing (i.e. playwriting, creative non-fiction).
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    Creative writing

    in addition, from Rugg's Recommendations:
    Carnegie Mellon
    Fla St
    U Iowa
    John's Hopkins
    U of Michigan
    SUNY New Paltz
    NC State
    U Oregon
    U Pitt
    San Fran St
    Sarah Lawrence
    Sweet Briar
    Wheaton (MA)

    School U. S. and World Report Ranking for graduate creative writing programs
    1. University of Iowa 4.5
    2. John Hopkins University (MD) 4.2
    3. University of Houston (TX) 4.2
    4. Columbia University (NY) 4.1
    5. University of Virginia 4.1
    6. New York University 4.0
    7. University of California, Irvine (CA) 4.0
    8. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI) 4.0
    9. University of Arizona 3.9
    10. Boston University 3.8
    11. Cornell University 3.8
    12. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA) 3.8
    13. University of Montana (MT) 3.8
    14. University of Washington 3.8
    15. Washington University (MO) 3.8
    16. Brown University (RI) 3.7
    17. Indiana University, Bloomington (IN) 3.7
    18. University of Arkansas (AR) 3.7
    19. University of Utah 3.7
    20. Arizona State University 3.6
    21. Emerson College (MA) 3.6
    22. George Mason University (VA) 3.6
    23. Hollins College (VA) 3.6
    24. Sarah Lawrence College (NY) 3.6
    25. Syracuse University (NY) 3.6
    26. University of Florida 3.6
    27. University of Maryland, College Park (MD) 3.6
    28. University of Pittsburgh 3.6
    29. Warren Wilson College (NC) 3.6
    30. University of California, Davis (CA) 3.5
    31. University of Southern Mississippi (MS) 3.5
    32. University of Texas, Austin (TX) 3.5
    33. Iowa State University 3.4
    34. University of Missouri, Columbia (MO) 3.4
    35. University of Oregon 3.4
    36. University of Southern California (CA) 3.4
    37. Bennington College (CT) 3.3
    38. CUNY--City College of New York (NY) 3.3
    39. Florida State University 3.3
    40. Ohio University 3.3
    41. Ohio State University 3.3
    42. Penn State University, University Park (PA) 3.3
    43. University of Alabama (AL) 3.3
    44. University of Denver (CO) 3.3
    45. University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC) 3.3
    46. San Francisco State University 3.2
    47. University of Cincinnati 3.2
    48. University of New Hampshire 3.2
    49. Western Michigan University (MI) 3.2
    50. American University (DC) 3.1
    51. Colorado State University (CO) 3.1
    52. Eastern Washington University 3.1
    53. Georgia State University 3.1
    54. New Mexico State University (NM) 3.1
    55. Saint Mary's College of California 3.1
    56. San Diego State University 3.1
    57. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (IL) 3.1
    58. Temple University (PA) 3.1
    59. University of Colorado, Boulder (CO) 3.1
    60. Virginia Commonwealth University 3.1
    61. Wichita State University (KS) 3.1
    62. Brooklyn College (NY) 3.0
    63. California State University, Fresno (CA) 3.0
    64. Mills College (CA) 3.0
    65. SUNY, Albany 3.0
    66. University of Georgia 3.0
    67. University of Hawaii, Mano (HW) 3.0
    68. University of Illinois, Urbana--Champaign (IL) 3.0
    69. University of Minnesota (MN) 3.0
    70. Vermont College of Norwich University (VT) 3.0
    71. SUNY--Binghamton (NY) 3.0
  • whitesox24whitesox24 Registered User Posts: 592 Member
    I've always heard that Iowa and Knox are good for creative writing.
  • Phead128Phead128 Registered User Posts: 2,091 Senior Member
    University of Iowa I think is rolling out an undergraduate degree in Creative writing.

    Johns Hopkins is very fine in that area, as well as in English as well.

    University of Houston, UC Irvine, UMich, Columbia, NYU to name a few.
  • faransaafaransaa Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    Sarah Lawrence

    Of these, which are the best colleges for creative writing/English in general?
  • 1980collegegrad1980collegegrad Registered User Posts: 1,503 Senior Member
    Hamilton is well know for it strong Creative Writing program. Only downside is that it is in upstate New York and very rural. Another one to look at with better location outside Boston is Holy Cross.
  • miawritesmiawrites Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    I want to major in Creative Writing too... I did so much research on this...

    So, definitely Kenyon. They've got the Kenyon review and everything...

    Hamilton has a whole mission about teaching its students to write and to speak well.

    Middlebury's got the Breadloaf Writing Center.

    I heard that Carnegie Mellon was good too, from a professor at Bucknell, but that's surprising... It's so big on technology. Although, it's one of the only schools that recquires you to submit a portfolio...

    U. Iowa is really great. And Stanford has a two year fellowship, the Stegner Program.

    Additionally, Amherst, Oberlin, Vassar, Bard, St. Lawrence...
  • 1980collegegrad1980collegegrad Registered User Posts: 1,503 Senior Member
    Obama's Chief Speechwriter is Holy Cross class of 2003. Now that is some creative writing....
  • robertsont06robertsont06 Registered User Posts: 626 Member
    U of Houston (great fin aid)
    U of Iowa (Amazing faculty and everything)
    U of Wyoming (simply beautiful scenary)
    BU (You'll love Ha Jin)

    Definitely make sure to look at the financial aid packages they offer. You should never pay to get a degree in Creative writing.
  • ginab591ginab591 Registered User Posts: 1,068 Senior Member
    A degree in Creative writing will not help you at all in becoming a fiction writer. I doubt there is any job that you are qualified for with a creative writing major. I don't think you're even qualified to teach English.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,571 Senior Member
    Below are the top 20 graduate programs in Creative Writing according to the USNWR. This ranking is dated (late 1990s) but it those are among the better Creative Writing programs.

    1. University of Iowa 4.5
    2. John Hopkins University 4.2
    2. University of Houston 4.2
    4. Columbia University 4.1
    4. University of Virginia 4.1
    6. New York University 4.0
    6. University of California-Irvine 4.0
    6. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 4.0
    9. University of Arizona 3.9
    10. Boston University 3.8
    10. Cornell University 3.8
    12. University of Massachusetts-Amherst 3.8
    12. University of Montana 3.8
    12. University of Washington 3.8
    12. Washington University-St Louis 3.8
    16. Brown University 3.7
    16. Indiana University-Bloomington 3.7
    16. University of Arkansas 3.7
    16. University of Utah 3.7
    20. Arizona State University 3.6

    There are also many excellent LACs, such as Kenyon College, Midlebury College and several others.
  • poetsheartpoetsheart Registered User Posts: 5,533 Senior Member
    If you're a woman, Hollins offers an extremely strong creative writing program. For for small liberal arts college, it boasts some heavy hitters in the fiction writing world, who are graduates of their program.
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