Creative Writing & Literature

Tell Your Story

Records of written stories stretch back over 4,000 years to when humans first scratched words into clay tablets. By studying creative writing and literature, you enter a discipline inextricably linked with what it means to be human.

You know that words matter. The stories we tell shape our culture, our governments and our very selves. Learn how to harness the power of language and deepen your understanding of yourself and the world in which you live.

Explore literature through both theory and practice. Pair your analytical skills with inventive and original thinking to interpret texts and develop your own writing. Gain extensive experience writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts for the stage or screen.

Learn from other students during writing workshops. Small classes create the perfect space for learning how to give and receive criticism.

A Capstone project that includes creative and reflective components, a required internship and publishing opportunities will provide paths for post-graduate success. Continue to publish your writing, study at the graduate level or enter any profession that requires excellent communication skills.

Colby-Sawyer also offers a minor in writing that complements any program of study. Minoring in writing will help you broaden your career opportunities with essential critical-thinking and communication skills no matter your major. For complete information about major and minor requirements and course offerings, please refer to the college catalog.

Play on Words

Apply your studies outside the classroom. The creative writing and literature major at Colby-Sawyer offers opportunities to learn through real-world experiences. Whether sojourning to Walden Pond or teaming up with the Natural and Environmental Sciences Department to write poetry for labels on the college's maple syrup bottles, you’ll observe literature’s influence on the world around you.