Do you dream of becoming a poet, scriptwriter, or novelist?

The Writing program is designed to give you both hands-on experience in the craft of writing and in-depth exposure to the contemporary writing scene.

We prepare students for a wide range of writing-oriented professions after graduation, from literary writing and editing to journalism to technical writing.

Our writing faculty are scholars and working authors who have published novels, poems, plays, and creative non-fiction with national and regional publishers and journals.

The writing faculty pride themselves on mentoring young writers into the world of writing, publishing, and the literary arts.

We can’t wait to watch you pursue your dreams.

Program at a Glance

The Writing major consists of 40 credits and the Creative Writing minor consists of 21 credits.

You'll learn how to write compelling fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

We offer workshop classes in specific genres and lecture classes that will introduce you to a variety of literary traditions.

We even invite published authors to visit campus to read their work and interact with creative writing courses.

You'll also complete coursework and projects in literary history and theory, literature, syntax, technical writing, and other subjects that guarantee a wide facility in literary and non-literary writing.

On top of all that, you’ll get to enroll in advanced seminars in multiple areas of your choice.

Get Involved on Campus

Writing majors and Creative Writing minors enjoy visiting author events, guest talks, and extracurricular experiences like:

You can also write for, edit, or help publish Satori, the English Department’s annual literary journal, or WSU’s campus newspaper, The Winonan.

Literary afficionados can even join the Winona Wordsmiths, a student-led reading group that meets weekly to read each other’s fiction and poetry.

Get a Job in Any Field

Our program’s graduates have built careers as:

  • children’s authors
  • editors
  • literary publishers
  • novelists
  • poets

Other graduates work in digital media, marketing, and web writing.

Some alumni use their Writing degree to attend graduate school and study English, Philosophy, Law, and more.

Apply for This Program

Declare your major or minor in Writing or Creative Writing today!

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Email Dr. Ann-Marie Dunbar at ADunbar@winona.edu for more info.