Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Program Overview

The creative writing major and minor gives you the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamentals of writing stories, poems, essays, and plays.  Workshops – very small classes focused on discussion of student work – encourage the mastery of technique and experiment in form, style, and subject matter.

In keeping with the college’s Jesuit mission to educate the whole person, the major nurtures intellectual and spiritual growth through the study of literature and the practice of writing. Academic excellence is achieved through a diverse and rigorous curriculum that serves all students at Canisius. 

The major is structured to help you develop your writing skills through exposure to literature in a variety of periods, genres, and modes.  You will explore the fundamental skills of fiction and poetry writing. You learn to read as writers, and become acquainted with the workshop method, which involves close reading and critiques of student manuscripts.

Grow knowledge in a particular genre and learn to do all the things working writers do:

  • Prepare, submit, and present work consistent with professional standards
  • Understand and articulate how your work fits into larger literary traditions
  • Show a practical knowledge of the particular professional lives of writers, what they do and how they prepare themselves to do that work.