The goal of the Creative Writing major at New England College is to prepare students for a professional writing career and/or to prepare students for graduate work in the creative arts.
Students will approach Creative Writing as a craft‐based discipline rooted in the study of literature and writing. Through genre workshops and literature courses students will gain the analytical, critical and creative skills necessary to develop an informed practice of craft and, as a result, produce original works grounded in the historical and theoretical knowledge of the discipline. In this context, the Creative Writing curriculum emphasizes the authenticity and integrity of public voice.
All students in the Creative Writing program begin with a common set of core courses which introduce, examine and facilitate practice in a variety of creative writing genres. As a student progresses through this core they will, in consultation with the department faculty and their faculty advisor, identify, develop and pursue a full course of study which best serves to facilitate a close examination and revision of their creative work. As part of the Senior Seminar, all majors are expected to compile a professional manuscript in a specific or blended genre which demonstrates their understanding of and dedication to the practice of their craft.
In addition to their coursework, students are encouraged to engage in more extensive learning opportunities such as public readings, internships with regional writing organizations, community literacy projects, and taking on leadership roles with The Henniker Review, The New Englander, or other regional literary publications. The rich literary tradition at New England College provides superior opportunity for such engagement in the literary arts.
The breadth of curricular approaches offered within this major allows for a significant level of interdisciplinary study. Students who are interested in Creative Writing in conjunction with another major will work closely with faculty advisors in each discipline to develop a comprehensive plan of study that will enhance their knowledge and integrate professional practice in each discipline while completing the individual requirements for both courses of study.
Upon successful completion of the course, students completing the Creative Writing program should be able to:
- Recognize, identify, critique and discuss the different genres of writing and their inter‐relationship.
- Critically read, analyze, and interpret complex texts be they in prose or verse.
- Effectively participate in peer reviewed workshops.
- Explain with clarity the relation of literature and creative writing to history and culture.
- Identify and discuss literary and artistic movements and their impact on social conditions and other fields of study.
- Use effective rhetorical strategies, along with proper grammar and punctuation, for academic, creative, aesthetic, personal, practical, and social purposes.
- Perform scholarly research using proper documentation and apply the terminology of the field of creative writing and literature with confidence.
- Write creatively and have a distinct personal point of view.
- Apply the principles and concepts of the field to new and unexpected situations.
- Identify and be able to communicate the aesthetic value and importance of creative writing and literature.
Experiential Learning Component
Students are encouraged to engage in more extensive learning opportunities such as public readings, internships with regional writing organizations, community literacy projects, and taking on leadership roles with The Henniker Review, The New Englander, or other regional literary publications. The rich literary tradition at New England College provides superior opportunity for engagement in the literary arts.
The Henniker Review: The Henniker Review is an annual literary magazine showcasing regional writers and artists. NEC Students are able to be involved in areas of editing, marketing, design and publication
The New Englander The New Englander is New England College’s student newspaper. Writers, photographers, and editors are current NEC students who research and collaborate on interesting news, sports scores, and all things NEC. The paper is printed locally and distributed throughout campus for the entire community.
Edge Sports Edge Sports NH is a commercial magazine operated by students and distributed through the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism welcome centers. Students will be able to apply knowledge of outdoor sports or sales or writing or photography or PhotoShop and InDesign within the context of a real, operating business model.
All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.