It’s been in the news lately—companies love writing majors and employers want to hire them. Why? Writing majors have honed the craft of clear, effective written communication, which is essential to employers.
Points of Distinction
Creative Writing majors develop their skills in workshop focused courses and genre exploration. As students advance, they are provided invaluable feedback from peers and professors, and ultimately gain expertise in a genre of their choice. In upper-level courses, Creative Writing majors research publishers and learn to market their work.
Why this Major?
Students who want to develop their creative voice and learn how to tell good stories should become Creative Writing majors. The Creative Writing major also allows students to focus on literature as well as non-creative writing, which will provide students a well-rounded study of texts and their meaning in historical, cultural, and professional contexts.
Several of our classes and Work Program jobs allow Creative Writing majors to gain hands-on experience in the field. For example, students in the Publication and Production class produce the college’s annual literary magazine, Vortex. Creative Writing majors work closely with professors as writing assistants both in the first year writing classroom and for the college’s writing center, The Writer’s Block. Students also write, edit, and design for the college’s newspaper, The ‘Burnian.
Activities & Events
The annual Louise Allen Creative Writing Contest
The annual publication of the college’s literary magazine, Vortex
The annual Graham Symposium, a day of creative workshops aimed at local high school students
The annual First Year Writing Awards Happy Hour
Annual creative writing write-ins
Clubs & Organizations
The creative writing club, Lethologica
the Harry Potter club
Spectrum, the college’s LGBTQIA+ support and ally group
The Black Student Union
Work Program Opportunities
- Writing assistant for The Writer’s Block, the college’s writing center
- Writers and editors for The ‘Burnian, the college’s student newspaper
- English & Communications department assistant
- Writers for the Public Relations department
My classes at Blackburn helped prepare me for my MFA in Fiction Writing by introducing me to a wide variety of literature and allowing me to analyze that literature through a number of different lenses. These analyses proved invaluable during the conceptualization and construction of my thesis manuscript.
Class of 2009
Masters of Fine Arts
Hot Job Outlooks
- Graduate School / Professor
Former Student Marshall Shelby Rainford (‘18) works for a law firm in Chicago and will soon be going to graduate school
Ethan Klaffer (‘17) was recently honored as Outstanding Beginning Teacher from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Katie Payne (‘17) puts her writing skills to use at a law firm in St. Louis
Katie Szerletich (‘14) began her career in instructional design in Chicago and now works for the University of Illinois, Springfield
Our faculty stay current in their fields by attending and presenting at professional conferences and publishing in their areas of specialty:
Dr. Naomi Crummey, Professor of English and Creative Writing, recently published the article “Portrait of My Aging Female Body” in the Canadian literary magazine Grain
Dr. Ren Draya, Professor of English and Creative Writing, recently presented the talk “Music in Shakespeare’s The Tempest” to the Greater New York City chapter of the American Musicological Society
Dr. Karen Dillon, Chair of English & Communications, recently published the book The Spectacle of Twins in American Literature and Popular Culture