Creative Writing

 Why choose creative writing?

What do creative writers need most? The knowledge and skill to improve the effectiveness of writing through revising, critiquing, and reimagining their creative projects.

If you are an IUPUC student in the Indiana University Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English degree program, you can choose a concentration in creative writing. If you are an IUPUC student in another major, you can pursue a creative writing minor.

As a creative writing student, you will experience, practice, and improve your creative expression through a range of courses and workshops. In addition, you will:

  • Work closely with published faculty, read and critique a variety of experimental, canonical, and original texts.
  • Participate in intensive workshops to develop and practice your writing craft with a community of writers.
  • Consider wider audiences for your creative work through internships, educational field trips and travel, capstone courses, and community projects.
  • Be encouraged to submit your original creative work to the university’s student literary magazine Talking Leaves or write for The Voice, our student newspaper.

To get a better feel for whether a concentration or minor in creative writing is right for you, explore our course descriptions. 

Minoring in Creative Writing

  • To pursue a minor in creative writing at IUPUC, complete an application form and return to Vicki Kruse in CC Room 162.
  • The form should be completed and submitted when you are enrolled in your final literature class.

Career Options

One career that creative writing students often pursue is teaching in the humanities at a university, college, or high school. In this case, you will pursue graduate study to earn a master’s or doctoral degree after completing your bachelor's degree. If graduate study is not what you had in mind, careers in these fields are possibilities:

  • Computer and information technology, including social media management, Web development, and graphic design
  • Business administration in public and private sectors
  • Publishing, editing, writing, and English translation
  • The arts, including theatre, music, dance, and other types of performing arts companies, and museums and cultural organizations, including nonprofits
  • Fundraising, politics, or broadcasting
  • Teaching English as a second language overseas