Creative Writing

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You have always been a good writer, but you want to take the skill to another level.

The creative writing student at TWU has all the advantages to become a scholar of the written word, an inspired and prepared artist, and a contributing citizen of the literary world.


Program Description

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in creative writing offers opportunities for students to write, edit, publish, and develop both craft and technique in small workshops. Courses include fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction genres and special topics such as fantasy and science fiction. Majors also choose from a wide variety of literature electives to build an individualized program of study.


The BFA provides a foundation for a professional life as a writer or advanced study in graduate school. Students take 45 hours, including Composition I and II, and demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level of a modern language.


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Springs of Helicon Literary Magazine

Creative writing students serve as editors of the Springs of Helicon literary magazine. One issue is published per academic year both online and in print, and it offers the staff opportunities to design a perfect-bound, professionally-printed literature and art journal, learn the editing and publication process from start to finish, and publish their short stories, poems, plays, and essays. The literary magazine class also includes publication workshops for creative writing majors to explore national journals and submit their stories or poems. Most BFA students publish in distinguished magazines before they graduate. 


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Forms of Poetry

This course involves a study of poetic forms in English from teh Middle Ages to the present, as well as practice in the composition of original poetry making use of several of those forms.

The Short Story as Genre

This class offers a critical analysis of a wide variety of classic and contemporary short stories, from the roots of the genre in the U.S. in the 19th Century, through its growth and development in the U.S. and Europe, to its flowering across the globe in the late 20th Century and early 21st Centuries.

Literary Magazine

The student enrolled in this course gains practical experience in writing, editing, and layout through work for the literary magazine.