ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Professional & Creative Writing at Goucher?


This program emerged from the thriving creative writing concentration and the popularity of the professional writing minor. For students who want to combine creative writing with the practical advantages in professional writing, they will receive the same core classes and then choose one of the two tracks. Additionally, students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to their studies by incorporating multiple passions into their writing, editing, and publishing ambitions. Lastly, our faculty are dedicated to their students, and the small class sizes help professors to get to know students personally and understand how each person learns best.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


The professional writing and rhetoric track offers courses in rhetoric, journalism, technical writing, and writing with new media. For example, a course in the theory and practice of tutoring and teaching writing prepares students to work as peer tutors in Goucher's Writing Center. This hands-on practice, training, and experience directly transfers to the marketplace and sets them apart from their counterparts.

In the creative writing classes, a workshop model guides students’ writing and editing. At the upper levels, one-on-one independent studies with faculty 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 you will have access to qualified faculty and the Kratz Center for Creative Writing, which funds summer writing projects (up to $3,000).

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


This major turns students into professional and versatile writers. Our graduates are prepared for careers as lawyers, editors, screenwriters, technical writers, and journalists, and find jobs in education, communications, marketing, advertising, newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses. Those who concentrate in professional writing find that this major sets them apart from applicants in a variety of fields, and many of our students who chose the creative writing track are nationally published fiction writers and poets and continue their work at prestigious M.F.A. programs.

Faculty 

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


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.