to successful writing
BFA in Creative Writing
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Creative Writing
“Next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Writing is a way of defining our humanity. There are no shortcuts to becoming a skilled, thoughtful creative writer. The path to success is to write, and write some more.
In small classes, workshops, critiques, and discussions you will explore how to write with clarity, power, and nuance. You will have the option of working on the college newspaper, The Eagle’s Eye; on our nationally distributed literary journal, the Sierra Nevada Review; or interning with local newspapers or publishers. You will have opportunities to present readings, participate in open mics, and attend the Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference.
Good writers are first good readers. Find new inspiration in SNC Tahoe’s rich literary environment.
The Writers in the Woods series brings renowned authors to campus monthly for intimate readings and workshops which are open to everyone, and each year brings a new full-time Distinguished Visiting Writer to teach and mentor students of all levels. Our BFA program is also enriched by our MFA program, which brings in an expanded network of accomplished writers for readings and workshops.
A few of the many authors who have visited include Isabel Allende, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lola Haskins, Patricia Smith, Nick Flynn, Jane Hirschfeld, Tim O’Brien, Ellen Hopkins, Brian Turner, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Tobias Woolf.
The Poetry Center houses a comprehensive collection of American poetry, with a special focus on contemporary work.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College is a dynamic pathway to your writing career. You will develop core competencies across genres, and refine your individual writing style and voice. For your senior thesis, you will assemble a book-length collection of original work of publishable quality in your chosen genre, accompanied by a portfolio of experiential field work.
Our students graduate qualified for positions or graduate studies in many fields, including editing and publishing; marketing, media, and communications; journalism; and law. Recent graduates have continued on to graduate programs at Duquesne University, Kingston University in London, University of Essex in England, Chapman University, and University of Notre Dame. The list of publications from our students and graduates grows every semester.
There are no bystanders in this program – you will be actively engaged in your writing practice from day one!
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June Sylvester Saraceno
English Program Chair
Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.