If words are power, then we must be Superman.
Creative writing majors are unique creatures. Unicorns of the literary world.
We're kind of like English lit majors, but we'd rather be imaginative than nit-pick grammar. We like to get creative, like art students, but we're far nerdier than those hip folks. Despite being nerdy, we're not always the most studious bunch around, but we make up for it with a penchant for witty one-liners and a passion for creativity.
To be honest, there's no single path taken by creative writing majors. Some go on to graduate school, to hone their craft and focus on academia. Others dedicate themselves to the starving artist lifestyle, subsisting on ramen and dreams of penning the next great American novel.
There are also plenty of people who use this degree to make a mark in the corporate world by entering industries like marketing and advertising. That's one of the best parts about the degree: writing is a skill that's useful to everyone.
Luckily, most creative writing programs focus on collaboration rather than boring lectures and rote memorization. You'll spend a lot of your collegiate career in writing workshops, composing pieces for your peers to critique, and vice-versa.
This unique set-up instills a lot of useful skills, like the ability to effectively communicate your ideas and revise your work based on constructive criticism. These skills will come in handy no matter where your post-college career takes you.
Whether you want to become an author, a poet, a screenwriter, or anything in between, you can't go wrong by giving creative writing a shot. Who knows—maybe that script you wrote when you were fourteen (Sharkman Returns: The Sharkening) is the real deal after all.
Famous People who majored in Creative Writing
- Gil Scott-Heron
- Lena Dunham (and Hannah from Girls)
- Sharon Stone, actress
- Maria Bamford
- Vin Diesel, actor
Percentage of US students who major in Creative Writing:
0.1% (using "Composition and Speech" statistics)
Stats obtained from this source.