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    Creative Writing (BA)

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    Joyinn Paulin
    66 West 12th Street, room 918 
    New York, NY 10011
    paulinj@newschool.edu
    646.909.2407

  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from a program open to transfer students, adults, and other nontraditional undergraduates. Work with faculty mentors who are themselves acclaimed writers and literary professionals. Through writing workshops, literature courses, the Writer's Life Colloquium, and a capstone project you prepare for a career in fields such as editing, publishing, journalism, and new media, or graduate work in writing, literature, journalism, media, or cultural studies.

    • Degree Bachelor of Arts
    • Credits 120 (up to 84 transfer credits)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus (some classes available online)
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Legacy of Excellence

    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 BA in Creative Writing. Creative Writing BA students may also apply to the Riggio: Writing and Democracy honors program.

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    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 writers, publishing professionals or publishers, editors, or publicists. This program also prepares students to apply to graduate programs in journalism or creative writing, including The New School's MFA in Creative Writing.

  • Learn from and work with faculty mentors who are themselves acclaimed writers and literary professionals.

  • Featured Courses

    • This beginner's course offers a relaxed and supportive but intellectually rigorous atmosphere in which to explore the delicate alchemy that produces excellent fiction. In our attempt to pinpoint exactly why we feel certain works are successful, we scrutinize character, tone, point of view, setting, plot, and dialogue, with a focus on the metaphor as a resonant thematic pattern. Close attention is paid to craft, to the necessary artifice behind the art of fiction. The course is taught as an interactive workshop: Students submit chapters from their novels-in-progress for group assessment. Most sessions include a topic presentation and a discussion of assigned readings. Ultimately, students must internalize the skills they learn until those skills become second nature.

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    • In this course, students learn basic writing skills for online outlets, how to create and promote online platforms, and the difference between just being anyone with access to the Internet and being a citizen journalist. Together we embark on a deep discussion and critical review of a variety of citizen journalist sites, stories, and examples along with an extensive exploration of ethics, fairness, and the business aspects of journalism.

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    • This study of musical poetics focuses on the buried linguistic and musical structures of poetry and on the way these structures create voice and meaning in a poem. We discuss the way music serves as a muse for the poet and creates a relationship between form and content. Some class time is devoted to close reading of established and younger poets representing different poetic styles and to close listening to the voices of poets reading from their own work. Most class time, however, is devoted to examination of student writing, with the goal of helping students find their own music and voice within the poem. This course is open to poets at all levels, but beginners are especially welcome.

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    • NWRW 3521

      The Graphic Novel

      This course leads students step-by-step through the process of creating a short graphic novel. The course begins with analysis and critique of comics and then guides students through the stages involved in developing their own projects: creating an outline, drafting rough sketches, penciling, lettering, inking, and editing. Student work is critiqued in class, and students hold individual meetings with the instructor. The class studies work by cartoonists Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Renée French, Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel, Joe Matt, Gabrielle Bell, R. Crumb, and many more. Strong drawing skills are not required, as the emphasis of the class is on storytelling.

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    • If everyone's a critic, why do we need arts writers? This writing workshop investigates arts journalism — encompassing theater, screens, architecture, food, dance, opera, fashion, music visual arts, books, and more — and what it means to be a feature writer or critic in the 21st century. We look with an editor's eye at classics (think: Edmund Wilson to Susan Sontag) and contemporaries (beyond the New Yorker). Weekly writing assignments include first-person essays, Q&As, reviews, and blog stories; students also have an opportunity to pitch to and publish in both mainstream and alternative outlets. Guest lecturers from traditional outlets as well as e-publishing, ranging from Amazon to the New York Times, offer their views on what good arts writing means to us today.

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  • The life experience I brought to The New School improved my education — and I think it added to the classroom. The program made me a better student, a better researcher, and a better writer.

    Ted Kerr, BA Liberal Arts, Alumnus of the Riggio Honors Program
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