Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

Undergraduate Programs

With 600 students, Writing, Literature and Publishing is a large department—but one that still provides the personal attention you need to flourish as a writer or make your mark as a publisher. We are unique in offering two undergraduate degree programs taught by published authors and experts in the fields of literature, writing, and publishing.

students share their work in a poetry workshop
Students share their work and ideas during a poetry workshop.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program provides you with foundational skills and practical experience in a range of forms and genres, with particular emphasis on your preferred area of written expression. The program culminates with a Senior Creative Thesis that puts your finely honed powers to the test.

The Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing program emphasizes literary history and the world of publishing while providing the creative writing and critical thinking skills that will provide you with a springboard to future study or a career in the arts or communication fields.

WLP professor Douglas Whynott used his background in journalism to develop the non-fiction track in Emerson's program.