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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 and ultimately produce original works in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Coursework consists mainly of creative writing classes, as well as supporting classes in English, history, and culture. With small writing workshops that are tailored to giving and receiving effective feedback, you’ll learn how to hone and effectively communicate your ideas to others. You’ll also develop your creative and analytical skills to prepare for a number of industries in which strong communication, creative, and problem-solving skills are necessary. 

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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