Creative Writing

Creative Writing Major


Explore and exploit the possibilities inherent in the collision of language and visual expression. Come face to face with the power of words to literally and literarily re-make the world. Engage with language as a material, artistic medium, and discover its narrative and poetic possibilities.

The Creative Writing major gives students the opportunity to engage with language as a fundamental artistic medium, one which is not only relevant in multiple contexts, but is multiple contexts. At the Art Academy, Creative Writers aren't writers in a visual art school; they are artists who use the written and spoken word as their primary artistic material. Reading becomes writing; writing becomes drawing, and words become a means for getting at the limits of language, which are the limits of being itself. Through active reading, critical writing, and research, students hone their craft and learn to undermine preconceptions and rules in favor of generative unpredictable outcomes, declarations and gestures. The study of literature and a variety of traditional and experimental workshop approaches support students as they develop their own radical vision and voice.



Student Work Course Descriptions & Sample Schedule

Careers in Creative Writing

Upon graduation, students are prepared to creatively articulate, critically examine, and reinvent the world in their image via the spoken and written word. They may also continue their education in graduate school, as well as teach at the college level. As creative writers and readers, adept at using the fundamental conceptual framework we have for making meaning and making the world, they are prepared to do anything they put their minds to with depth and beauty and transformative strangeness.

Our trans-disciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare you for a future at the forefront of contemporary painting and drawing.

Poet
Novelist
Screenwriter
Freelance
Ghostwriter
Social Media Specialist
Grant Writer
Content Editor
Editor
Playwright
Copywriter
Journalist
Public Relations
Technical Writer
Critic/Reviewer
Poet
Novelist
Screenwriter
Freelance
Ghostwriter
Social Media Specialist
Grant Writer
Content Editor
Editor
Playwright
Copywriter
Journalist
Public Relations
Technical Writer
Critic/Reviewer
"I did not understand the power and the presence behind the act of making poems until I came to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Here, I am surrounded by people like Brett, Megan, and Matt who do not simply make poems. They create spaces, foreign feelings, and unimaginable sound using only language."

KILE MCVEY (BFA 2020)
Graduate Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"I did not understand the power and the presence behind the act of making poems until I came to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Here, I am surrounded by people like Brett, Megan, and Matt who do not simply make poems. They create spaces, foreign feelings, and unimaginable sound using only language."

KILE MCVEY (BFA 2020)
Graduate Student, School of the Art Institute of Chicago