Why Study Creative Writing?

 

  . . .  because according to UFV President Mark Evered in his opening speech at the 2015 Mission Writer’s Festival, “Universities are supposed to be about creativity.” He reminded the audience that now more than ever, we need creative people finding creative solutions to the problems we all face—and creative ways of sharing those ideas. He reminded us that in the creative economy, writers are powerful. While we usually speak of writing and painting as forms of expression, they’re also becoming important drivers of our economy.

. . . because “Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking.” Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class

. . . because those “trying to decide among a few people to fill a position” should, according to Jason Fried in Rework, “hire the best writer,” as “their writing skills will pay off.” He reports that “Writing is making a comeback all over our society . . . Writing is today's currency for good ideas.”

. . .  because according to The Guardian, “creative writing degree[s] . . . teach valuable transferable skills.”

 . . . because according to The New York Times, “the marketplace” demands “more attention to creativity at universities.”

. . . because according to UFV students, English 405—our Creative Writing capstone seminar—is an educational highlight. Michael Ray Blackburn sums it up:

English 405 has been the best course I have ever attended in my life. I have gained the confidence and determination to continue writing. Being in this class has shown me what it really means to be a writer.  

. . . because many of our Creative Writing Concentration alumni go on to graduate studies in MFA and Master’s programs. Here’s what a few of them have to say:

Shannon McConnell, MFA, University of Saskatchewan

The University of the Fraser Valley has been essential to my development as a writer. During my time at UFV, I was able to experiment in multiple genres, hone my craft in workshop groups, and apply feedback from faculty and classmates. UFV was fundamental in cultivating a lifelong passion for literature and writing. My studies in English Literature and Creative Writing specifically helped prepare me for success in my current studies in graduate school.

Jessica Wind, MA, University of Ottawa

Graduating from English and specifically the Creative Writing program provided me with a well-developed writing voice that transferred better than expected into a Communication program. I was rewarded for approaching topics from a unique angle — members of my cohort joked I was casting some sort of spell over my writing, but it was just the transferable skills and practical experience I gained in my UFV undergraduate Creative Writing program. 

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