The Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing provides innovative instruction in the theory and practice of writing poetry and prose. Students pursuing the BA in Creative Writing develop their voices and follow their literary ambitions under the guidance and mentorship of successful writers. Students are introduced to the craft of writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama, and go on to develop extended creative projects in the genre of their choice.
Since writing and reading are inextricably linked, the Creative Writing major – a program within the English department at Young Harris College – offers a strong foundation in literature as well as courses in the form and theory of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and dramatic writing. Students will learn to write and revise creative pieces with an aim of publication, analyze published model texts, and respond to the work of their peers. The major prepares students for graduate study in the discipline or work in a variety of fields that value strong writing, creativity and analytical skills. Students also gain the tools to continue writing and refining their creative work on their own outside of the classroom.
During their time at Young Harris, Creative Writing majors are part of a strong community of writers, sharing their work and receiving personal feedback from professors and peers. Many students take leadership roles in the Corn Creek Review, the campus literary magazine, gaining valuable editing experience. After graduating, creative writing students have gone on to publish novels, poetry, and short fiction collections, work for newspapers, produce plays, and receive national writing awards. Recent alumni have attended prestigious writers’ conferences, including the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Killer Nashville, gaining national exposure.
Questions? Contact Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn.