Learn more about the Creative Writing program at Siena.
Siena Heights offers a Bachelor of Arts degree major in Creative Writing as well as a Creative Writing minor.
While the focus is on the writing of poetry, fiction, drama, and screenwriting for film, video and television, the program also seeks to educate writers in other areas of literary studies. Courses in English, American and World Literature provide the necessary background students need to develop as writers.
Also included are courses in Literary Criticism and editing a literary journal. The degree is rounded off by the senior tutorial which requires a creative writing project in the form of poetry, fiction, or drama manuscript.
One of the program highlights is the ability for students to take creative writing classes every semester of their college career. This allows students to build their craft and learn the essentials of pursuing creative writing as a profession from the moment they arrive at Siena Heights.
Classes are small and intimate, allowing creative writers to get the kind of one-on-one attention they wouldn't get at larger schools. They also get to connect with a close-knit and committed group of students at Siena who are actively producing poems, short stories, novels and plays.
Learn more about the Creative Writing faculty.
Associate Professor of English/Writing Center Coordinatorkbarbee@sienaheights.edu517-264-7698 Assistant Professor of Englishaweinste@sienaheights.edu517-264-7697
Learn more about the Career Opportunties available to those with a Creative Writing degree.
What can you do with a degree in Creative Writing?
- You can get an advanced degree by seeking admission to an MFA program.
- You can become a writer/commentator in the print, visual, or online media.
- You can join a public relations or advertising company.
- You can join the movie or TV industry
- You can join the staff of an in-house publication in almost any industry.
- You can, if you dare, make a living as a writer.
SHU Named One of 39 Top Creative Writing Colleges in U.S.
Siena Heights University’s creative writing program was honored in 2013-14 as one of the top 39 creative programs in the nation by a national publication.
According to the fourth edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers,” Siena Heights’ creative writing program in its English department is listed as one of the top programs in the nation.
The Creative Colleges guide authored by Elaina Loveland is a how-to guide for students and parents to choose the right college for students who want to major in art, dance, drama, music or writing. The author researched programs from across the country and ultimately developed her list of programs to recommend to potential students.
Siena Heights University has been included in the book in every edition since the first edition was published in 2005. Nearly 260 creative degree programs are recommend as among the best creative programs in the book. This year, Siena Heights’ creative writing program garnered national recognition, according to the author.
“Siena Heights University has an excellent creative writing program,” Loveland said. “Its strengths are in its diversity of curriculum; not only are fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry course offered, but also screenwriting and playwriting. Furthermore, Siena Heights University’s creative writing bachelor’s degree includes a senior tutorial that requires a final creative writing project, which makes it distinctive. Most graduate creative writing programs include final writing project or thesis, but many undergraduate creative writing programs don’t require it like Siena Heights does – and that is an advantage to students.”
“One of the highlights of our program is the ability for students to take creative writing classes every semester of their college career,” said SHU Assistant Professor of English Alexander Weinstein, who also serves as program director. “This allows students to build their craft and learn the essentials of pursuing creative writing as a profession from the moment they arrive at Siena Heights. Our classes are small and intimate, allowing creative writers to connect with a close-knit and committed group of students at Siena who are actively producing poems, short stories, novels and plays.”
Criteria that determined whether a college is included in the book include the recognition of the program, the breadth of the curriculum in the major field, the number of scholarships available, the number of activities available to the students in their major field (such as performing opportunities) and alumni accomplishments.
Loveland is a professional writer and editor, and is a former editor of the “Journal College of Admission,” published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.