Imagine yourself here.

Be creative with your ideas. Persuade with your words.

Be powerful with your voice.

The B.A. in Creative Writing at Oregon State invites you to participate in a community of faculty, students and mentors who will develop your skills as an artful and imaginative writer and a bold and critically conscious thinker. You will have the opportunity to pursue a course of study that combines training in the craft of writing with rigorous literary studies. Working closely with our faculty, you will sharpen your expertise in reading and analyzing literature and develop your skills at creating meaningful, transformative narratives. When it’s time, you will leave our program prepared to think and write with imaginative power. From the MFA, to law school, to entering a diverse job market in a variety of fields, you will begin your professional life as an innovative thinker and skilled writer who knows how to harness the power of narrative.

Everyone has a story to tell. Join us, and become a writer.

Mentors

You will be mentored by a prolific and distinguished group of scholars, teachers, and creative writers.  In the past year alone, our faculty has written for the Washington Post and other news outlets, and successfully published books at top university presses and creative publishing houses.  During this same time, their work has been honored by the Smithsonian and other international scholarly organizations and has even been reviewed in Science. They've hosted NPR radio shows, published open-source literary projects, discovered strange new word origins, and have been nominated for 3 Oregon Book Awards.  They have also been recognized for their innovative and creative teaching approaches across in-person and digital/hybrid learning spaces.

The Faculty

A Distinctive and Inclusive Major

We are one of only a few undergraduate creative writing majors in the Pacific Northwest. Our undergraduate major does not require a separate application to join.  We believe everyone can be a writer and think imaginatively. As scholars, writers, and filmmakers, we recognize the power of words and images to shape as well as challenge discourses that dehumanize historically under-represented and minoritized communities. Our program is committed to preparing many voices to create the narrative frames we need for a just future.  

Community Of Writers

SWLF and OSU offer a rich set of opportunities to join an active writing community. The program is home to a well-established Master of Fine Arts Program, a Visiting Writers Series, Literary Northwest Series, Critical Questions Lecture Series, The Stone Awards, Editorial Festivals, and more.

Enjoy many additional opportunities for participating in a writing community throughout OSU: OSU’s Creative Writing Society, The Poetry Club, Prism, a student-run art and literary journal, Buckteeth Magazine, Castor Magazine, The Corvallis Review, The Exchange, and 45th Parallel.

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The Field of Study

You will hone your expertise in reading literature as well as in the craft of writing. We begin with an introduction to the primary genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. From these, you will identify areas of focus in either one or two genres, pursuing courses in craft development and workshop intensives. You will also complete introductory and advanced literary studies, with course offerings that represent a range of eras, continents, cultural representations, and sensibilities.

Major Requirements

Design Your Professional Plan

We live in a time when our professional cultures seek effective and powerful story-tellers to critique and create the narratives we need. From the entertainment industry, marketing and communications, business, journalism public relations, law, community organizing, education, grant writing, and many more fields, creative writing offers you endless possibilities for taking your stories everywhere. Our program prepares you to enter your professional life skilled in analysis and sophisticated at creating new narratives to lead change, shape the world of many different industries, and design for the future.

To explore careers with a creative writing major, discuss jobs and internships, contact CLA Career Development.

If you are interested in careers that engage a critical social justice approach, contact Dr. Liddy Detar at socialjusticeworks@oregonstate.edu.

Knowledge, Creation, and Innovation

As a creative writing major, you will have the option of pursuing additional studies in SWLF by adding a minor in English, Film Studies, Applied Journalism, or the Certificate in Scientific, Technical and Professional Communication. A creative writing major also offers tremendous opportunity for collaboration within the visual arts, oceanography, theatre, environmental studies, forestry, engineering, global studies, digital arts, and computer sciences. SWLF invites you to explore these possibilities through our rich course offerings and campus-wide co-curricular partnerships.

SWLF Course Offerings

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For more information or to talk with an advisor about the Creative Writing program, please contact Liddy Detar.