English — Creative Writing Emphasis

English — Creative Writing Emphasis


Western’s Creative Writing program focuses on creative writing in fiction, drama, poetry, or nonfiction prose and includes coursework in literature to supplement the writing courses. Courses encompass and explore multiple cultural traditions, allowing graduates to cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.

The department provides small, student-centered classes, innovative educational methods, and close faculty-student interaction. English faculty members have earned numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and writing; they are nationally and internationally recognized in creative and critical fields. 

Western’s English Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“The professors in the English department have been the most inspiring to me during my time at Western. It’s really incredible the talent that these professors possess, in their writing and their teaching both. It’s clear to me that they teach because they love to inspire, and they truly have inspired me.” –Hannah Newman

Beyond the Classroom

Every year English graduates from many fields — teachers, lawyers, doctors, community, organizers, curators, editors, publishers, agents, art program directors, screenwriters, film directors, game designers, reviewers, essayists, novelists, scholars, poets, environmentalists, publicists, historians, musicians, mountain climbers — generously offer us their hard won knowledge. In this sense, Western alumni have become associates in learning.  

Recent Student Internships:

  • Chuckanut Writers
  • Epicenter Press Inc.: Editing and Publishing
  • Excellence Northwest
  • SPARK Museum
  • Community Empowerment Network (CEN)

Careers and Graduate Studies

The study of literature, writing, linguistics, critical theory, and visual media, prepare English graduates to pursue a variety of careers in law, business, government, professional writing, publishing, and education. Students in the English program have amassed an enviable record of placement in graduate programs and professional positions. Students wishing to further develop their skills in English should consider Western’s graduate programs.

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • Bellingham School District: Tutor
  • Blind Eye Books: Social Media Coordinator/Freelance Editor
  • Blue Sun: Managing Editor
  • Briefed Media: Technology Columnist
  • CareerPerfect.com: Editor/Writer
  • Coffee Town Press: Assistant Editor
  • Icicle Broadcasting Inc.: News Reporter/Producer
  • Jaded Ibis Press: Marketing Associate
  • OmniGamer: Senior Editor
  • Peace Corps: Teacher
  • Serendipity Literary Agency: Assistant Literary Agent
  • Uttana: Web Content Producer
  • Zulily Inc.: Copywriter

Sample Jobs

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Videogame Plotting/Design
  • Web Content Creator
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Research Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Advertising Copy Writer Public Relations Specialist
  • User Experience Expert (UX)
  • Usability Tester
  • Book Buyer/Seller
  • Web Content Developer/Writer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Special Events Coordinator/Speech Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Grant Writer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Archivist

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.