The KPU Creative Writing Department welcomes students into a rigorous and inspiring engagement with the craft of creative writing. Offering small class sizes and dedicated mentorship with award winning instructors, Creative Writing at KPU nurtures creativity while honing the critical faculties necessary to communicate ideas and succeed in the field of writing.
Courses are offered in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and new media as well as specific genres such as young adult literature, spoken word, and speculative fiction. The department provides a creative community for students developing their writing voice, and through engagement and volunteer opportunities with industry partners, encourages an active literary life both on campus and off.
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Students from many walks of life are drawn to study Creative Writing. In a Creative Writing classroom, students improve their skills at story-telling, poetry, screenwriting, and non-fiction. Those who are interested in the digital world will find courses which explore the craft through web based media, video and sound. Skills learned in Creative Writing include excellence in writing, creative self-expression, participation in a community of peers, and the development of critical thinking skills. We welcome everyone who's ever been captivated by a story, a song, or a poem and yearns to be the one holding the pen.
Creative Writing provides an excellent foundation in communication skills as well as the development of divergent and creative thinking abilities. Graduates with these skills are highly sought in today's dynamic workplace. Creative writing can lead to a variety of careers ranging from those traditionally associated with writing such as literary creation, publishing, editing, and communications to new media, marketing, publicity, advocacy and education. Creative writing also allows students who develop interests in other fields, or who go on to study in other disciplines, to apply their communication skills and innovative thinking to any area they choose - whether in the humanities, arts, trades, social sciences, or sciences.