Creative Writing

Are you an aspiring novelist, poet, or screenwriter seeking to hone your creative abilities and develop the skills and professional relationships you need to thrive as an artist? The University of Central Arkansas offers the only BA in Creative Writing in the state. Courses are typically structured as small-group workshops where you will study and practice the craft of writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction through a diverse curriculum which includes many topics of special interest, such as children’s writing, illustrated narrative, screenwriting, novel writing, and genre fiction. Graduates from our program are prepared for the information-rich workplace which increasingly values communication skills and critical thinking.

As a Creative Writing major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty who cultivate an active learning environment through small seminar and group style classes to hone writing skills and prepare students for careers in both the arts and the professional world. – UCA professors care about the success of their students, working with them both inside and outside the classroom, providing them with individual academic attention and vocational mentoring. Our faculty are also deeply committed professional writers and routinely publish in a range of genres, subjects, and mediums, and impart their experience in this process to their students.
  • Hands-On Learning through engagement in the UCA campus culture as well as the local community of Conway. – Students have the opportunity to contribute their skills and meet fellow writers through working as tutors in the UCA Writing Center or through working as writers and editors for the undergraduate literary magazine, the Vortex, which from year to year consistently wins a number of state and national awards for its literary work. There are also opportunities to write for and edit publications such as 501 Life, a news and lifestyle magazine for Central Arkansas residents. Students can even participate in service learning projects, such as the creation of a writing center at an area middle school.
  • Professional Development beginning freshmen year with the AfterWords Writing Competition, in which new members of the UCA writing community submit their best work for competitive critique and share their contributions with professors and peers through public readings. – Additionally, UCA hosts the ArkaText Festival, a weeklong series of workshops and presentations by faculty and visiting professional writers. The university also attracts a number of Writers in Residence each year who provide mentoring, critiques, and master classes for writing students. There are even opportunities to attend the National Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs where students can meet professional writers, attend various workshops, and present their own work. Furthermore, the Writing Department publishes the Toad Suck Review, an award-winning national literary journal, and UCA also hosts the Oxford American. Both publications offer internship opportunities for students.
  • Career and Graduate School Opportunities are as diverse as our graduates who receive job offers in fields such as professional writing, education, editing, publishing, journalism, library science, technical writing, multimedia communications, and arts management. Many of our graduates also continue on to pursue graduate studies in creative writing, linguistics, education, composition, rhetoric, journalism, media, English, and law.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Creative Writing major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/writing/degrees-and-programs/.