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. Students in Creative Writing might also pursue Film Studies, Performing Arts, Communication, or one of the other academic programs that Hiram has to offer!

Lauren Brewer

“Since I was homeschooled and taught myself, I never had any teacher. Getting to know my professors at Hiram is one of the many reasons I’m glad I attend.”

-Xelle Starr ‘23

The Creative Writing major at Hiram allows students to explore their talent as writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and screenplays through an emphasis on reading, craft and technique, genre study, workshops, and revision.

Benefits of a Creative Writing Degree

The Creative Writing major combines extensive coursework in writing with literature classes. Students have ample opportunities to improve their own voice and technique while learning about careers in the writing field. The program focuses on literary writing and encourages writers to locate themselves within a literary tradition.

Opportunities in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program at Hiram College offers students exciting opportunities to distinguish themselves and develop professional experience and expertise while still undergraduates. Students work closely with faculty mentors to identify programs and experiences that will connect most directly with their own interests and goals.

  • The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature

    The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature offers many opportunities for students, including contests in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, which recognize the best student-crafted creative writing.

  • Bonney Castle

    Hiram College’s English program is housed in historic Bonney Castle, a nineteenth-century inn that has been renovated to include a multimedia-equipped seminar room, a small library, a fully-equipped kitchen, and faculty offices. Bonney Castle is also home to the Hiram Poetry Review.

  • The Writing House

    Located next door to Bonney Castle, the Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House is home to Hiram College writers. It includes the Writing Center, two classrooms, kitchenette, space for readings and receptions, and faculty offices.

  • The Writing Center

    The Writing Center--not to be confused with the Lindsay-Crane Center for Literature and Writing--encourage budding writers to take on positions as tutors for Hiram College students. Skilled writers who are hired at the Writing Center help with essays and the first-year program courses.

  • Hiram Poetry Review

    This national journal has been in continuous publication since 1966. It is published annually and edited by Professor Willard Greenwood and a team of student editorial assistants.

Mary Quade Headshot

Mary Quade, M.F.A.

Professor of English

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