Degree Level:
Undergraduate
school:
Division of Arts and Letters
Learning Mode:
On Campus
Degree:
Concentration

Concentration in Writing or Creative Writing

Words are powerful. They tell stories, share information, and express who we are. As a Writing or Creative Writing student, you’ll focus on how to best write for different genres, subjects, and professional circumstances. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use your words to effect change and tell your story. 

Why study Writing?

Here’s what makes the Mount’s concentrations in Writing or Creative Writing unique:

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  • Open to all: Recognizing its importance in all career paths, the Mount’s concentrations in Writing or Creative Writing can be declared by any major. From science to psychology and everything in between, being a better writer will help you to communicate effectively, vital for every career.  
  • Write here, write now: There are so many opportunities outside the classroom to perfect your skills. Write for the college’s blog or newspaper, become a tutor in the Mount’s Writing Center, and enter our annual campus-wide writing contest (you could win a prize).
  • Passionate professors: Our Writing and Creative Writing courses are taught by our Arts & Letters faculty, who see you not just as students, but also as fellow colleagues in the creative process. Trust us: They’re just as passionate about reading, writing, and creating as you are.

"(This program) allows the deep reader and the passionate writer in all of us to spring forth. If you want to be remembered in this world, to have your words immortalized in ink or stone, it all starts here."

Tanner Tait '18
Tanner Tait '18

What to expect with a Writing or Creative Writing concentration

12 credits

Learn about Writing or Creative Writing concentration academic requirements and courses here.

As part of the Writing concentration, you’ll take four classes geared towards enhancing your writing skills. Two of the courses will be Writing for the Professional and Copyediting, and you will get to choose the other two from a number of writing courses like Magazine Writing, Playwriting, The Essay, or an internship.

You will also be required to complete your studies with the compilation of a capstone ePortfolio, consisting of writing samples from throughout your time at the Mount. This portfolio is more valuable than simply a memento of your college experience: It can also be given to employers post-graduation, as many  employers ask to see samples at the time of application or interview. 

There are no required courses for the Creative Writing concentration, so you will choose four courses to take from options like Poetry, Screenwriting Film & TV, Narrative Journalism, Playwriting, and more.

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Be prepared for your future

Did you know that one of the most sought-after career traits is communication? No matter your intended career, a concentration in Writing or Creative Writing will put you ahead of the rest, preparing you to write clearly and communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings. 

If you’re interested in a writing-related field, a concentration in Writing or Creative Writing paired with a major in EnglishJournalismAdvertising and Public Relations, or the like will make you extra qualified to take on positions in communications, social and digital media, public relations, journalism, technical and marketing writing, and more.

Peter Witkowsky

Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Division of Arts & Letters
Contact
Email Address
Peter.Witkowsky@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3727
Location
Aquinas 120B
Office Hours
By Appointment

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