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Find Your Voice


Develop expertise and skill in all forms of writing — from poetry to fiction, to non-fiction and professional.

English: Writing Arts Major


Find your creative voice.

What Will I Learn?


Our dedicated and established writers and editors will teach you the craft and techniques of creative and professional writing. Find your voice through both introductory and advanced writing workshops and courses in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, script writing and professional writing.

What is Unique About Our Program?


In addition to training your creative side, writing arts at SUNY Plattsburgh includes courses in professional writing — such as grant writing — as well as other opportunities to learn the business-end of writing. Our magazine editing courses offer training in design, editing, promotion and both creating and launching social media platforms. You have the opportunity to put your skills to work on North Star, the department’s student-run literary magazine, and Saranac Review, a nationally recognized literary journal that offers student internships.

Attend our famous series of literary readings and select from a variety of internships. Courses abroad offer students opportunities to experience literature and writing in international settings such as London, Paris or Barcelona. You may also consider adding our Professional Writing Certificate.

What Are My Career Opportunities?


Our writing arts majors have found jobs in fields such as editing and publishing, marketing and public relations, finance, library science and communications, among others. Those who choose to earn the B.A. in creative writing have been accepted into excellent M.F.A. programs.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou
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