Creative Writing, B.F.A.

Indulge your passion for words while building strategic skills for your future in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Vermont State University. Work closely with professors who share your love of the literary craft as you develop your voice through poetry and a variety of prose forms. You’ll also sharpen your analytical skills as you dive into literary theory and analysis.

At the same time, build practical experience in publishing, editing, website design, and digital marketing through coursework, internships, and working with fellow students to produce the nationally-recognized Green Mountains Review. You’ll graduate brimming with inspiration and equipped with job-ready skills for careers in education, writing, publishing, editing, marketing, and anywhere else careful thought and well-crafted words are needed.

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Why Study Creative Writing at Vermont State?

  • Real-World Publishing Experience: Graduate with a strong writing portfolio and solid publishing experience. Through internships with our nationally recognized Green Mountains Review literary journal and work on our undergraduate student literary journal, Pamplemousse, you’ll gain experience and skills in every area of publishing and production, from editing to layout to marketing. 
  • Thriving Literary Community: Find inspiration and friendship in a community of fellow writers. Take part in open mic nights, chapbook publishing, readings and lectures by visiting writers, and serious study and discussion of our discipline. The internationally known Vermont Studio Center, just minutes from the Johnson Campus, presents a regular reading series for the many resident and visiting writers hosted at the center each year. 
  • Pathway to Teaching: You can combine your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with our Secondary Education program and be eligible to pursue endorsement for secondary education teacher licensure.  
  • Award-Winning Faculty: Get expert instruction and career guidance from faculty who have earned recognition for both their teaching and writing. Your instructors bring a wealth of experience, from publishing books and essays, to working as a journalist, to managing and editing publications.  
  • In-Demand Skills: Maybe a best-selling book is in your future? In the meantime, don’t worry about earning a paycheck. You’ll graduate with well-developed skills in communication, research, marketing, teamwork, and analysis — five of the most in-demand soft skills among employers, according to recent research from LinkedIn. There is no shortage of jobs you can get with a creative writing degree. 

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Sample Courses

  • Gateway to Literature 
  • History and Art of Publishing 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Form & Theory 

Student Stories

John and Olivia McDonough met in the creative writing program. They both went on to earn their M.F.A. degrees in writing and married each other. Their wedding was officiated by one of their professors.

A photo of John and Olivia McDonough on concrete steps at the entrance of a building. Olivia is sitting in a white shirt and black pants with John laying in a orange shirt and denim pantson his back with his head in her lap

“I was blown away by the number of world-class writers I was exposed to and worked with in the classroom. That stands out as one of the most valuable things for me as I move forward in life as a writer,” John said.

“Meeting high-caliber writers…clarified and distilled the work of being a writer. I gained a good understanding of how to cultivate creativity in everyday life,” Olivia said.

John and Olivia McDonough

Meet Our Faculty


  • Castleton Campus

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  • Johnson Campus


  • Randolph Campus


  • Lyndon Campus

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