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  • The New School offered the first academic creative writing workshop in 1931 and pioneered a new philosophy of education. The idea: students would make their own lives and their own stories part of their education. Today, The New School continues to celebrate and cultivate daring and diverse new voices through its its highly regarded MFA in Creative Writing Program, Summer Writers Colony, New School Publishing Institute, and the newly launched BA in Creative Writing. Creative Writing BA students may also apply to the Riggio: Writing and Democracy program.

    The BA in Creative Writing, offered through the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, is a 30-credit major comprised of writing workshops, literature courses, the Writer's Life Colloquium, and a 4-credit capstone course. Visit the University Course Catalog to view all undergraduate creative writing courses. Students who are interested in careers in writing and publishing work with faculty mentors who are themselves acclaimed writers and literary professionals.

    The BA in Creative Writing is designed specifically for adults and transfer students who want to be well prepared for professional fields including editing, publishing, journalism, and new media, or graduate work in writing, literature, journalism, media or cultural studies.

    Flexible Study Options

    Designed for adults and transfer students, our program can be completed through part-time or full-time study, and offers once-a-week evening courses, as well as online learning options.

    New School students come from a broad range of professional and academic backgrounds. We value the life experience that each student brings to the classroom.

    As part of the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, the Creative Writing major enables you to transfer up to 84 credits into program, including credits earned for relevant life experience.

    The University and New York City

    Take advantage of the unmatched internship and professional opportunities of New York City. Our location in one of the world's publishing and media capitals gives you access to academic, cultural, and industry events on and off campus. The BA in Creative Writing program is strengthened by its relationship with The New School's reputed MFA in Creative Writing Program, and with Parsons School of Design, one of the world's leading art and design schools.

    Career Paths

    The BA in Creative Writing is a pathway to such employment opportunities as editorial assistant, proofreader, freelance writer, web developer and web producer. Graduates are prepared to work in the writing and publishing industries, as well as advertising. Ultimately, graduates of this program develop careers as working literary writers, publishing professionals or publishers, editors or publicists. This program also prepares students to apply to graduate programs in journalism or creative writing.
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