Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Work Alongside our Actively Writing,  Award-winning Faculty

Join a supportive, welcoming community of dedicated writers and learn from internationally known authors in the Creative Writing major at Canisius. This program gives you the opportunity to nurture and develop your talents in a community of passionate readers and writers. Plus, through the Contemporary Writers Series, you’ll be exposed to many world-renowned authors and poets who come to campus each year for special lectures. All of this will prepare you to succeed in careers related to writing for various media, publishing, editing and education. 

Why Study Creative Writing at Canisius?

  • Our creative writing faculty comprises award-winning, working writers who publish their own novels, stories, poems, and essays with distinguished national presses and journals.
  • Internships with local publishers, magazines, and cultural organizations give you the opportunity to participate in the vibrant Buffalo literary scene and to acquire professional experience as writers, editors, teachers, and administrators.  Our graduates find rewarding careers in a variety of fields that value writing, creativity, and critical thinking: education, journalism, arts administration, library science, advertising, public relations, law, and even medicine.
  • Canisius is a member of AWP, the Association of Writing Programs, and meets its hallmarks of an excellent minor in the undergraduate study of creative writing.
  • Creative writing courses are small workshops—no more than 15 students in our introductory course, no more than 12 in advanced workshops.  Course offerings include classes in fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, writing for young adults, playwriting, and literary publishing.
  • The Contemporary Writers Series brings nationally—and internationally—acclaimed writers to Canisius to share their expertise with our students.  We’ve hosted winners of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize, the National and American Book Awards, and MacArthur “Genius” Grants.  The list of authors and novelists includes:
    • Joyce Carol Oates
    • Colm Tóibín
    • Ann Patchett
    • Calvin Trillin
    • Garrison Keillor
    • Alice McDermott
  • The Creative Writing Living Learning Community features resident students who connect with others who share their passion for writing and participate in a wide range of activities—movie nights, poetry readings, and theater outings.
  • Our literary and arts magazine, The Quadrangle, is a professional-quality publication with a rich 60-year history. You can publish your own creative pieces in the magazine and gain real-world publishing skills working as editors.

Want more information?

Call 1-800-843-1517 to talk to an admissions counselor