Humanities

Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Master the art and power of words.

For you, writing is a necessity. Like breathing, it’s something you have to do. And when you’re in the zone, ideas flow into words like magic. Creative writing is in your nature.

Whether you choose to focus on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, or writing for children and young adults, as a creative writing major at Lesley, you’ll gain the tools, support, and experience to bring your vision to the world. As you grow into your career as a TV producer, author, reporter, editor, educator, and many more possibilities, you'll blaze a trail and gain a reputation as a creative thinker and innovative writer.

Hone your critical and creative skills.

With an average class size of 15 students, your voice will be heard and your words will be read. Share your work in a supportive atmosphere in which you’ll receive and give critiques and insights. You'll get to do workshops with your professors, peers, and visiting authors that will push you to elevate your craft and delve deeper into your genre.

In addition to absorbing the mechanics of writing and reading a variety of classic and contemporary works, you’ll learn about the publishing world by overseeing and contributing to Lesley’s literary arts magazine, Commonthought.

Studying in the literary hub of Greater Boston, you’ll have access to internships at some of the top publishers in the country. You'll make the connections that will launch you into your career with hands on internships at places live Artscope Magazine, the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Candlewick Press, Boston Magazine, Clear Channel Radio, and many more. Soak up the vibe at local poetry readings and book events, as well as at concerts and exhibitions.

“My characters are always a little strange—androids, dog-faced men, vengeful fairies, and the like. I’m most interested in seeing how these odd creatures move throughout their world as outsiders and underdogs.”
Sara Clark ’12, BA & MFA in Creative Writing
Craft Creative Combinations
As a Creative Writing major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our creative writing program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students. You'll receive hands-on attention from our specialized faculty, who will share their passion and expertise in everything from African American history to women's and gender studies, poetry, and more.

$51,010
Average salary for creative writing professionals in New England
With a wide range of career options, job openings projected to increase by six percent over the next ten years, and average salaries of over $50,000 per year, graduates from creative writing programs enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From writing and editing, to journalism, communications, and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of industries. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Internships
Where You Could Intern
You'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience before graduation, with at least two internships in places like:
Careers
Where You'll Go Next
Alumni go on to rewarding jobs in a variety of fields, and often pursue graduate study to enhance their practice.
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Whether you're studying history, Spanish, or another humanities major at Lesley, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll explore passions to then weave into your career, whether through art classes in our $48 million Lunder Arts Center or science explorations in our state-of-the-art lab. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Creative Writing
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019–2020 academic year.
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