BA Creative Writing: Fiction Degree Online

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Aspiring authors and storytellers who are looking for a way to gain inspiration and foster their imaginations will find SNHU’s Creative Writing-Fiction online degree to be the perfect balance of craft and critical analysis. This program emphasizes the craft of writing fiction and helps you develop an understanding of and appreciation for fiction, in all of its forms.

In the BA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction program, you will learn to read as a writer and study the craft of published writers while developing your writing skills and philosophy of composition. The Creative Writing-Fiction online degree program is designed to encourage you as an aspiring author and bring a new appreciation of all literature.

While earning your Creative Writing degree online, you will gain insights into publishing, broadcasting and professional production, all while developing your understanding of plot building, narrative voice and character. Spend your time exploring your creative boundaries and perfecting your craft for the kind of fiction you want to bring to life: novels, short stories, children’s writing and more.

Why a BA in Creative Writing - Fiction online degree at SNHU?

When focusing on fiction writing, it is critical that you receive a solid foundation in the broader scope of creative writing. Experienced and distinguished Creative Writing degree online faculty lead you through a comprehensive program that gives you a powerful understanding of plot, character development, narrative voice and other mechanics of creative writing. The program's format encourages collaboration, and direct interaction with faculty and peers and is an ongoing occurrence that encourages creativity and spurs the imagination.

  • Highly credentialed and accomplished instructors, including critically acclaimed writers who understand the industry.
  • A quality education at one of the most affordable tuition rates available
  • Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • A traditional university, with over 80 years of success in New England.   
  • Continue your Creative Writing pursuits with a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing fully online.
  • Publishing opportunities.
  • Students in our online degree programs have 24/7 access to class - attend when it is most convenient for you.
  • Novel writing tips for those who want to get their book published.
  • A proud recipient of GetEducated.com's Best Buy Award.

Employment Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of authors, writers, and editors is expected to grow by 6 percent through the year 2020. Employment in salaried writing and editing positions is expected to increase slightly as jobs become more prevalent throughout the economy. The following careers are expected to follow this growth trend.

  • Writer/Author
  • Literary Agent
  • Publisher
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Editor

Visit our Career Development Center online to learn more about career opportunities in Creative Writing.

Transfer of Credit

If you are a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.

Select One of the Following:

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120, ENG-121H ENG-200 or ENG-200H
HIS-114: United States History II: 1865-Present
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
PHL-210: Introduction to Philosophy
This course provides a general introduction to the big questions of philosophy, including questions of existence, knowledge, freedom and meaning. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to great thinkers and theories while engaging them in the exploration of the same beginning questions applied to contemporary issues. Offered every semester.

Creative Writing and English (BA) Online Major Courses

ENG-226: Introduction to Creative Writing
An introductory creative writing course designed to acquaint students with the craft of creating writing and the skills that will be required in subsequent creative writing workshops. Students will explore such craft issues as point of view, voice, characterization, dialogue, setting, conflict, rhythm, imagery, poetic structure, and dramatic scene development. Students will be expected to submit a number of writing exercises, including stories and poems. Student will also be expected to read and comment on their peers' writing with thoughtful and constructive criticism, as well as read and discuss published work.
ENG-340: Context of Writing: Writers/Publishing
ENG 340 is a survey course in contemporary literature designed for students interested in creative writing. Students will be asked to read contemporary American authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lev Grossman, Joan Didion, Ben Lerner, Sheila Heti, James Wood, Curtis Sittenfeld, George Saunders and Karen Russell with special attention to prose style, structure, and the influence of modern and postmodern literary movements. Students will workshop each other's creative writing, informed by the aesthetic strategies they've gleaned from the reading material. Students will also receive an introduction to the culture and history of contemporary American book publishing and literary magazine publishing.
Prerequisites:
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
ENG-350: The English Language
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary (morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor permission
ENG-431: Advanced Creative Writing
This course is designed to support a sequence of writing workshops in the creative writing and English major, to provide students serious about their writing an opportunity to study a particular genre (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting or nonfiction) beyond the 300-level workshops. The course also prepares the student for his or her senior thesis in creative writing. In addition to extensive reading within the chosen genre, workshops require participation in class discussions, student presentations and analyses of other students' work. Select class periods will be devoted to individual tutorials with the instructor.
Prerequisites:
ENG-11, ENG-121 and ENG-121H or ENG-200 and ENG-323 or ENG-327 or ENG-328 or ENG-329 or ENG-330
LIT-300: Literary Theory
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary critical theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor permission
LIT-319: Shakespeare
Students in LIT 319 study selected Shakespearian comedies, tragedies and chronicle plays. The course also provides the students with a general overview of the Elizabethan era and the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H

LIT ELE - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one 400-level Literature elective

Fiction Writing Concentration

For students completing the concentration on the main campus in Manchester:

ENG-329: Fiction Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long fiction using the techniques of 19th-century realism as well as modernist and experimental techniques. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-431: Advanced Creative Writing
This course is designed to support a sequence of writing workshops in the creative writing and English major, to provide students serious about their writing an opportunity to study a particular genre (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting or nonfiction) beyond the 300-level workshops. The course also prepares the student for his or her senior thesis in creative writing. In addition to extensive reading within the chosen genre, workshops require participation in class discussions, student presentations and analyses of other students' work. Select class periods will be devoted to individual tutorials with the instructor.
Prerequisites:
ENG-11, ENG-121 and ENG-121H or ENG-200 and ENG-323 or ENG-327 or ENG-328 or ENG-329 or ENG-330

Students will take nine (9) credits of ENG-431.

For students completing the concentration online or at the continuing education centers:

ENG-329: Fiction Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long fiction using the techniques of 19th-century realism as well as modernist and experimental techniques. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
Prerequisites:
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-349: Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop
This course expands upon the content covered in ENG 329. Students will continue to develop strategies for choosing point of view and creating characters. They will explore the appropriate uses of exposition, learn techniques to control pacing, and reflect upon the importance of word choice. Students will practice writing effective dialogue and evaluate how it differs from everyday conversation. Students will also study methods for conveying a story with brevity and creativity and demonstrate their knowledge by writing 'short short' and 'postcard' stories. In addition, they will study and practice techniques for creating effective story endings. Throughout the course, students will continue to practice their skills in constructive criticism, by reading and evaluating the work of their peers and other writers.
Prerequisites:
ENG-329
ENG-359: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Advanced Fiction Writing is designed for Creative Writing majors who have completed Introduction to Fiction Writing (ENG329) and Intermediate Fiction Writing (ENG349). Students in this course will engage in more advanced study and practice of reading, writing, and critiquing short fiction. They will focus on craft elements such as plot and story structure, characterization, description, dialogue, point of view style and voice, and, of course, revision.
Prerequisites:
ENG-349
ENG-421: New Media: Writing and Publishing
This course introduces students to the latest trends in new media writing and publishing. Students will gain insight and practical understanding of how today's digital environment affects their field. This course will focus extensively on writing content for a variety of digital formats and employing media to showcase one's works.

Free Elective Credits: 33

Total Credits: 120

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