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Creative Writing

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What is Creative Writing?

As a Creative Writing major, you’ll learn how to develop your own individual voice. You'll also learn to produce original works in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Coursework consists of creative writing classes, and classes in English, history, and culture. Small writing workshops that focus on giving and receiving feedback will teach you to communicate your ideas to others. You’ll also develop your skills in these areas:

• Creativity

• Analysis

• Communication

• Problem-solving 

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Communications
  • Creative writing
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Library & information science
  • Media
  • Publishing

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

74% employed after graduation

6% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$37,694 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: ISAtv, Illinois Trucking Association, Hammer Creative

Sample grad school destinations: Purdue University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT Score

1260 - 1390 SAT Score

3.30 - 3.82 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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