best colleges for writers
I didn’t include NYU in the main list because it doesn’t have a dedicated creative writing major, but it’s a great school for aspiring writers nonetheless, offering one of the most impressive creative writing faculties in the country and all the benefits of a Manhattan location.
Great options include getting involved with the campus newspaper, working on the school’s literary journal, or interning at the university press.
Boasting another beautiful campus, the University of Virginia may be of particular interest to writers interested in concentrating in either poetry or prose writing for their undergraduate years. Specifically, the school hosts two specific two-year Area Programs dedicated to these areas—unlike any institution I’ve come across—with a terrific faculty (Lisa Russ Spaar, all hail) to boot.
Since its inception in 2010, The Adroit Journal has been committed to helping high school writers unlock their potentials while finding the undergraduate writing community for them. High school writers should check out our free, annual online Summer Mentorship Program, which will open to applications on March 15th, as well as our Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose, which recognize spectacular high school and college writers each year. You may wish to additionally check out our summer workshop, camp, and program guide for high school creative writers, as well as our tips for high school teen writers.
Every year, the Creative Writing Program sponsors the Creative Writing Reading Series, where they bring four to six international renowned and prize-winning authors down to Atlanta, GA, to discuss writing with Emory students.
Mangrove, a national undergraduate literary magazine, give students an opportunity to get hands-on learning, and they can also utilize USpeak, UM’s open mic night, to read original work aloud.
Emory has established itself as a leader in the field of creative writing for twenty-six years. Offering a program that allows students to explore the discipline through their own writing, this is ideal for someone who is already passionately involved in writing and wants to reach a new level and gain serious credentials in the field of writing.
You will need a bachelor’s degree to be admitted, and the competition will be fierce.
There is little doubt that the University of Iowa’s Program in Creative Writing (more commonly known as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop), which is a two-year residency program, is the premier graduate creative writing program in the country. This can be seen by virtue of its illustrious list of past and present students and faculty (Robert Penn Warren, Robert Lowell, John Cheever, John Berryman, Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, Jorie Graham — -the list goes on and on). It can also be seen by virtue of the simple fact that if you asked someone in the street to name a creative writing program, this is undoubtedly the one they would mention first (and probably last). The program is also home to The Iowa Review .
There are five programs that appear among the top-ten on two of the three listings, namely: