Creative Writing Department
Belhaven University is the only Christian university in the US offering a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and one of only
26 undergraduate institutions offering such a degree.
Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Minor: Creative Writing
Dr. Randall Smith, Chair
Belhaven stands alone as the only Christian college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing; furthermore, Belhaven is one of only 26 undergraduate institutions in the United States offering such a degree. This fully accredited degree program offers the creative writing major a chance to rise above the ordinary and reach new heights in the art of writing.
Philosophically, the creative writing program at Belhaven College, now Belhaven University, rejects the existential premise that a writer merely finds personal meaning through writing, that there is no absolute body of truth outside of one's own perceptions. The writing program posits, instead, that knowable absolutes exist and point to God as He is revealed in Christ. We believe we can clarify values and positions by our writing; we can discover wonderful truths and mysteries which God has wrapped into creation -we cannot, however, create truth ourselves. This biblical worldview is at the foundation of the creative writing degree.
Students accepted to this program are encouraged to submit works to the Brogue (the Belhaven journal of fine arts) and to regional and national creative writing journals and contests. Please see "Student Awards and Publications" for an extensive list of student accomplishments over the past several years.
Read the byFaith article (PDF) which acknowledges the Belhaven Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing as a cutting edge program in Christian higher education.