Creative Writing (BA)

Webster University English Department studentThe English Department's Creative Writing emphasis is a dynamic program featuring classes in poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, and translation supported by requirements and diverse electives in the study of literature. Creative writing is taught in workshops limited to 15 students by teachers who are themselves working, published writers. 

The primary focus of the program is on learning the art of reading as a writer: opening up influences, gathering strategies, widening the range of what's possible in a student's own writing. Students will discover the precarious balance between the solitary, private act of writing itself and the communal, public act of passing written work before the unblinking critical eye of the world. Publication as an end in itself is not the ultimate aim here; however, a dedicated faculty who are constantly writing and publishing operate on the assumption that students also will be seriously committed to the development of their own work.

For more detailed degree requirements, check out the degree emphasis in the undergraduate catalog.

Points of Distinction

  • Small classes, high standards, and a congenial atmosphere combine to foster each student's individual growth as a writer.
  • St. Louis is home to a thriving and cosmopolitan literary scene with Creative Writing MFA programs at multiple regional universities, long-standing community reading series which bring talent to St. Louis from all over the country, and highly-respected literary magazines like River Styx and December alongside up-and-comers like Architrave and Bad Shoe.
  • Classes are small and discussion-oriented, encouraging students to learn from one another.
  • Webster’s Visiting Writers Series gives students firsthand access to well-known and well-respected writers. Visiting writers have included Billy Collins, George Saunders, and Lynda Barry.
  • The English department is a close-knit community of students and professors who meet regularly for readings, book discussions, etc. in the cozy Pearson House on campus.
  • Student publications The Green Fuse and The Mercury give students experience with publishing their own creative and academic work, as well as working on the back-end of a publication.