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2019-2020 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2025 
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Creative Writing (BFA)

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Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters

Creative Writing majors gain a strong understanding of how writers read and practice their craft. Students cultivate their abilities to serve as fully-engaged first readers of each other’s work, supporting, interrogating, and celebrating individual efforts. They produce original creative work across genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, screen writing), exploring a wide range of approaches, challenging habits of both content and form. They practice a wide range of revision strategies across multiple drafts of creative work, to make their work the best it can be, and to cultivate understanding of revision as a crucial part of the writing process. Students learn how to engage with the greater writing world through submitting their work to literary journals and contests, and gain understanding of digital literary citizenship, including how to access and participate in the literary/writing world online. Through attendance at our readings and senior seminar presentations, students cultivate an awareness about how writers present their work, and how they can present themselves to wider audiences outside Truman.

Students may not earn both a BFA Creative Writing and a BA English degree.


Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 31-60 Credits

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credits

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirement: 0-6 Credits

  •  Intermediate Proficiency in ONE foreign language


Literature and Theory: 9-12 Credits

Select at least three courses from this list.


Only grades of “C” or higher in major courses are accepted toward a Creative Writing BFA.

Electives to Total: 120 Credits

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