English: Creative Writing Concentration

English: Creative Writing Concentration Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

About Creative Writing

Skilled writers are in demand in every sector of today's economy.

As an English major with a concentration in creative writing from California University of Pennsylvania, you will progress from the fundamentals to advanced techniques of fiction, drama, poetry and nonfiction.

This bachelor's degree program gives you the creative and critical expertise to express yourself in compelling literary works - and prepares you to apply professional writing skills to a wide range of careers.

Learn and create at Cal U.

  • Receive a broad foundation in language and literature. The creative writing concentration is part of Cal U's fully accredited bachelor's degree program in English. 
  • Take a hands-on approach to creative writing by completing full-length texts and sharing your work with the Pennsylvania press.
  • Complete three professional creative writing-related internships and graduate job-ready.


Experienced faculty: Cal U's low student-to-teacher ratio means you'll be closely mentored by professors in your major, all of whom have published prose and poetry. 

Emphasis on publication skills: In addition to teaching you to write like pro, creative writing courses show you how to edit, polish and publish your work - essential skills in today's literary marketplace.

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Degree Benefits

The English degree program takes an applied approach to creative writing, ensuring plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom. You can:

  • Publish in or help to produce our literary magazine, The Inkwell.

  • Become a student mentor at the Writing Center.

  • Present your work at conferences in Pennsylvania and beyond.

  • Participate in on-campus literary readings.

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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U creative writing students find careers as writers, proofreaders, editors and publishers. They also thrive in advertising, business and the nonprofit world. Our alumni job titles include:

  • Author, Victory Belt Publishing.
  • Language teacher, YBM ECC in South Korea.
  • Editor of the news magazine California Bridges.
  • Financial sales consultant, PNC Bank.
  • Clinical social worker, Southwest Regional Medical.
Creative Writing Concentration English - Bachelor's Degree

The Inkwell

Are you interested in an editorial career? You can get real-world experience at Cal U's premiere creative-writing journal, The Inkwell, produced by our Publishing The Magazine class.

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Careers at a Glance

What can you do with a creative writing degree? Program graduate Marshal Carper '09 is a freelance writer and content marketing consultant. He has published a novel, The Cauliflower Chronicles, and co-authored three books about martial arts.

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Faculty Spotlight

Meet creative writing professor Dr. Carole Waterhouse. She is the author of three novels -The Tapestry Baby, Without Wings and Winsome's Delight - and the short story collection The Paradise Ranch. Dr. Waterhouse has an MFA in fiction, a Ph.D. in 20th-century literature, and has reviewed books for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the New York Times.

Creative Writing Concentrations - English Bachelor's Degree Courses

Cal U's bachelor of arts degree program in English offers comprehensive creative writing courses in poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction that prepare students to become professional writers.

Example Courses
  • History of the English Language
  • Creative Writing: Drama
  • Creative Writing: Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Writing for Publication
  • Practical Criticism
  • Adaptation of Literary Materials

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Bachelor's Degree Concentration
  • Journalism Program
    A concentration for English majors interested in a career as a journalist or freelance reporter.
  • Literature Program
    A concentration for English majors interested in American literature and literary theory.
  • English Certification Program 
    A concentration for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education who want to teach middle- or high-school English.
Undergraduate Minors
  • Journalism Minor
  • Literature Minor
  • Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing Faculty

Dr. Brent House
Assistant Professor


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Dr. Carole A. Waterhouse


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