Emphasizing the creative community as an essential element of any creative endeavor, the Creative Writing Department is comprised of energetic and engaging faculty –published and active in their field—who are dedicated to the one-on-one availability that distinguishes an NEC education. With a focus on individual transformation, the Creative Writing program bolsters and broadens existing areas of interest as opposed to shepherding students toward a singular aesthetic. The result is a knowledge-based, experiential course of study with an eye on flowering rather than funneling.
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.