Creative Writing


Bachelor of Fine Arts


Creative Writing


Creative Writing

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Dr. Randall Smith, Chair

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.

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 creative writing degree program offers the chance to rise above the ordinary and reach new heights in the art of writing.

Philosophically, the creative writing program at 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 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.

What will I study?

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Advanced Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Scriptwriting, Screenwriting, and Playwriting
  • Special Topics Writing Workshops in Writing for Children, Long Fiction and Research for Writers
  • Application Courses Including Principles of Editing, Procedures in Publishing, Graphic Design and Newswriting
  • Career Development Courses Including Mission and Calling for Writers and Internships
  • Small-Group Meetings for Writers (Colloquy)
  • History of Western Literature from the Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans through Contemporary Writers

What can I do with a Creative Writing degree?

  • Start your career as a writer
  • Teach in public or private schools
  • Attend graduate school in creative writing, English, linguistics, or literary translation
  • Write for newspapers or magazines, both online and print
  • Edit for a publisher or printer
  • Write copy for an advertising firm
  • Work in public relations or graphic design
  • Assist any organization that relies upon written communication

Why choose a degree in Creative Writing at Belhaven University?

You will have access to knowledgeable professors who actively publish fiction, poetry, plays, and essays. The creative writing facilities on campus have a dedicated smart classroom, private study, and writing lab just for writing students. We also bring in two visiting writers every year to give you the chance to learn from others outside our campus. Our department takes field trips to writing festivals and conferences so you can learn about the latest in creative writing. We encourage you to submit your work and participate in Belhaven's award-winning fine arts journal, the Brogue.

What kind of opportunities will I have in my major that will contribute toward my career?

  • Mission and Calling Portfolio after a 120-hour internship field experience
  • Editorial work on the Brogue
  • Service as a departmental assistant
  • In-depth knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Numerous opportunities to submit your writing for external publication
  • Participation in writing contests and awards
  • Resume workshops
  • Senior Creative Thesis and Aesthetics Research Paper

Are there scholarship opportunities for creative writing students?

Belhaven University announced the new Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program, designed to help young aspiring writers. One incoming creative writing major will receive a full-ride scholarship, while other top applicants will receive additional awards. Learn more.

What are Belhaven creative writing graduates doing now?

  • New York Times Bestselling Author—Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up
  • Fulbright Scholar and Professor of English—Addie Leak, University of Jordan (Amman, Jordan) Publishing Assistant—Emily Polson, Simon and Schuster (New York City)
  • Public Relations Specialist and Documentary Filmmaker—Sarah Christine Bolton, Children of the Wall
  • Book Production Editor—Nicole Hall, Mascot Books
  • University Press Marketing Coordinator—Kristine Weaver, University Press of Mississippi
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language—Seraphine Lin and Minchun Park
  • Advanced Communications Instructor for the Blind—Heather Rasmussen, Addie McBryde Center for the Blind
  • Librarian and Archivist—Rebecca Yantis
  • Public Health Administrator—Catherine Karlak
  • Advertising Copywriter—David Rahaim
  • College Admission Counselor—Caitlin Dunn
  • Elementary-, Middle-, and High-School Teachers—Peter Davis, Jacob Rowan, and Sarah Duberowski
  • College Professors— Rex Bradshaw, Lindsay Gill, and Adie Kleckner