Creative Writing details

The Concentration in Creative Writing within the English Major is designed for students committed to becoming fiction writers, poets, or nonfiction writers, and for students who want to pursue a career in the field of publishing or editing. 

Students who concentrate in creative writing at Fairfield have the opportunity to:

  • Take a range of courses in their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry)
  • Study literary publishing in a dynamic three-part publishing sequence that allows students to work as an Assistant, Associate, or Managing Editor of Dogwood, a nationally distributed literary journal
  • Work on individual writing projects with creative writing faculty
  • Take courses in special topics pertinent to writers
  • Combine the study of writing with the study of literature
  • Participate in a close and supportive community of young writers who take the improvement of their peers' work as their serious charge
  • Pursue internship opportunities within the field of editing and in public sector arts administration
  • Work closely with published writer-teachers in small workshop classes
  • Participate in a senior thesis seminar with other creative writers.
  • Receive professional development in order to prepare for application to graduate writing programs, if desired. 

Recent concentrators in creative writing have had their work published in national literary magazines such as Quarterly West, Indiana Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Writer’s Forum and have interned at magazines such as The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan and publishers such as Greenwood Press, Harper-Collins, and St. Martin’s Press. Our alumni have gone on to graduate programs in creative writing and have published in commercial outlets while still enrolled as undergraduates. 

Fairfield University’s undergraduate creative writing program operates in tandem with the Fairfield low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program. Our undergraduate students interact with graduate students, attend readings in the Inspired Writers’ Series, and have the opportunity for personal interaction with high profile writers we regularly bring to campus. In addition, undergraduate students have the opportunity to intern during an MFA residency at Ender’s Island in Mystic, CT. 

Creative writing students join a rich and vibrant community. All who are interested in creative writing are welcomed to join our Fairfield Creative Writing Listerv by emailing shuber@fairfield.edu to get updates on literary events, news, and publication opportunities. 

The concentration hosts regular events specifically for undergraduate creative writers, including readings, open mic nights, and social gatherings. 

Careers for a Creative Writing Student

Students who graduate with a creative writing concentration have received a rigorous education in writing and editing but also in inventive and critical thinking. Careers open to such students include working in social media, in public relations, journalism, and in a variety of corporate and nonprofit settings in which creative problem solving skills are required. Our alumni frequently enter the fields of education, publishing, journalism, and editing. 

“Organizations far and wide--perhaps even yours--will compete intensely for workers who are adaptable, resourceful, and can quickly learn and apply new skills to a variety of challenges. Where can you find such workers? One answer runs counter to much conventional wisdom: Ask an artist.” 

Is an MFA the New MBA?” Stephen Tepper, Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University