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.