ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Professional & Creative Writing at Goucher?

Over the past 25 years, Goucher’s creative writing offerings have consolidated into one of the best four-year undergraduate programs in the country. Our faculty, all with active careers in the kinds of writing that they teach, offer students a level of personal attention that few undergraduate programs (and not many M.F.A. programs) can match. If you want to write your first book of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction at Goucher, you will have a qualified faculty member every step of the way—and many such projects have led to publication. The Professional and Creative Writing Program opens practical pathways to many different writing careers.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

We begin our creative writing courses with a focus on craft. We read multiple texts from a writer’s perspective, while incorporating the workshop model, where professors guide the discussion of your writing projects. This model provides the foundation you need to edit your own and your peers’ writing. At the upper levels, we offer one-on-one independent studies with faculty which give you an even more comprehensive and detailed experience. Professional writing classes share these workshop methods, and also examine rhetorical questions and workplace writing challenges.  

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

This major makes you a more versatile writer. Our graduates are prepared for careers as lawyers, editors, screenwriters, technical writers, and journalists, and find jobs in communications, marketing, advertising, newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses. Many of our students are nationally published fiction writers and poets, and many continue their work at prestigious M.F.A. programs, thanks to our strong preprofessional counseling. The Kratz Center for Creative Writing funds summer writing projects (up to $3,000) which can help you get started on the career of your choice.


Program Contacts
Madison Smartt BellPhaye Poliakoff-Chen

Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty

Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, Professor of English: mixed genre, fiction, and professional writing

Madison Smartt Bell, Professor of English: fiction writing

Elizabeth Spires, Professor of English: poetry writing

Bill U’Ren, Assistant Professor: fiction writing and screenwriting

Charlee Sterling, Assistant Professor: graphic narrative and professional writing

Edgar Kunz, Visiting Assistant Professor: creative writing

Arthur Hirsch, Lecturer of English: creative nonfiction

Will Schutt, Lecturer of English: mixed genre writing

Study Abroad

Students in the Professional and Creative Writing Program use study abroad as an integral component of their studies. Some choose to pursue semester long programs that afford them the opportunity to explore a new form of writing, editing, or publishing. Others choose to participate in Goucher College Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) courses, sometimes in addition to semester long study. Many students work with research and ideas generated by their study abroad in subsequent study in Baltimore, in internships, and in their capstone projects. Regardless of the type of program, students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. 

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.