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.

Here, you’ll 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 that move writing forward. Workshops with your professors, and visiting authors, 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 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. Soak up the vibe at local poetry readings and book events, as well as at concerts and exhibitions.

Delve deeper into your genre by applying for our prestigious bachelor’s/master’s dual degree program.

“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
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here's a taste of what you'll do in our creative writing program:
$50,000+
Average salary for creative writing professionals
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.
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.

Faculty

Approximate cost 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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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 for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017–2018 academic year.
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