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Creative & Professional Writing

Students in the Creative and Professional Writing major and minor rigorously engage the study of writing: their own writing, peer writing, and published work.

For further details about the requirements for the major, please click here.

Students read broadly and deeply, in both published and peer work, and write extensively across genre and form. Classes examine character development, diction, genre, narrative, point of view, structure, voice. Emphases are on generating new work, critical reasoning and analysis, oral communication and revision. The CPW major and minor provides a foundation of critical study, written and oral communication, and self-expression. Classes are small, supportive and taught by working writers.

CPW classes are offered in: Fiction, Advanced Fiction, Journalism, Advanced Journalism, Narrative Studies, Poetry, Screenwriting, Advanced Screenwriting, Playwriting and Writing for the Media. Students have the opportunity to work on and edit the undergraduate literary magazine, Graffiti and the undergraduate newspaper Touchstone.

Students' undergraduate studies culminate in the Senior Writing Project, under the mentorship of the CPW director.

Students intern across the publishing industry, as well as for Inkwell, Manhattanville's national literary magazine. Beyond creative writing, students go on to study and practice a range of disciplines, including business, editing, film and television, law, psychology, social services and teaching.

The English Department offers an accelerated BA in English/MFA in Creative Writing program jointly with Manhattanville's MFA Creative Writing Program. Students apply for the accelerated program in their senior year.

Each fall and spring, the CPW program hosts a faculty-student reading and each spring the English Department awards the Eileen O'Gorman Undergraduate Prize in Fiction, the Robert O'Clair Undergraduate Prize in Poetry, the Sr. Margaret Williams Prize for Literary Criticism, the Dan Masterson Prize for Screenwriting, and the William K. Everson Prize for Writing on Film.

An article on the CPW program may be found here.