Hiram College

Creative Writing Major

Traditional Undergraduate Major Only

Make Writing Your Livelihood

Live out your personal passion for creativity in the rigorous Creative Writing major. It’s one of the few in Ohio to highlight creative nonfiction in addition to fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Our workshops include graduate-level work, preparing you to enter a Master of Fine Arts program or the workforce.

Who Are Hiram’s Creative Writing Majors?

Hiram’s creative writing students are passionate about their craft, training to make writing their livelihood. They are engaged readers and intrepid thinkers. As faculty members teach the skills working writers need to succeed, Hiram’s creative writing majors welcome the challenge of innovative problem-solving.

About the Creative Writing Degree Program

As one of only a few Ohio colleges to offer a Creative Writing major, Hiram College’s program provides workshop experience and one-to-one feedback comparable to MFA programs. Rather than living as a focus within an English degree program, this stand-alone major allows students to dive deep into their genre of choice, including creative nonfiction, a versatile choice for a writing career.

The creative writing major trains students to write well in any circumstance or job by identifying the audience and proper tone. As they work on the process of reading, writing, and responding, they learn to break down complex tasks and articulate their thoughts—useful skills in any career.

Creative writing faculty members encourage and prepare their students to pursue high honors during their time at Hiram College; past students have won national writing competitions and been accepted into prominent MFA programs. Students often use their senior capstone project, an extensive revision of a long writing project, to finalize work worthy of publication or graduate school application.

Creative writing majors are also encouraged to pursue the following opportunities at Hiram:

  • Editorial work on the Hiram Poetry Review
  • Teaching assistantships and tutoring
  • Internships with local publishers and non-profit organizations

Learn more about the Creative Writing degree program and courses.

What Careers Can You Pursue with a Creative Writing Major?

After Hiram, former creative writing majors have pursued careers from business to academia, including:

  • Marketing assistant
  • Technical writer
  • Editorial assistant
  • Copywriter
  • Professor or teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Video game designer/writer

To further focus their degree and career path, creative writing majors can pair their degree with any Hiram minor, or choose a second major. Past pairings including accounting, biology, computer science, history, political science, psychology, philosophy, and religious studies.

Are you considering becoming a Hiram creative writing major? Request more information today.

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Mary Quade, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of English
English Department Chair
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