Aspiring authors and storytellers who are looking for a way to gain inspiration and foster their imaginations will find SNHU’s online creative writing bachelor’s degree in fiction writing to be the perfect balance of craft and critical analysis. This BA program emphasizes the craft of fiction writing and helps you develop an appreciation for all forms of fiction while honing your writing skills and philosophy of composition. You’ll gain insights into publishing technologies and the industry as you enhance your understanding of plot, narrative voice and character. Explore your creative boundaries and perfect your craft for the kind of fiction writing you want to bring to life.
When focusing on fiction writing, it's critical to get a solid foundation in the broader scope of creative writing. This comprehensive program gives you a powerful understanding of plot, character development, narrative voice and other mechanics of creative writing. The BA program's format encourages collaboration and direct interaction with faculty and peers. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your BA in Creative Writing and English online at SNHU include:
With an online creative writing bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a career as a writer, editor, literary agent, publisher or manuscript reader. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of authors and writers is expected to grow by 8 percent through the year 2026.*
Our online creative writing degree courses are taught by highly credentialed and accomplished instructors, including critically acclaimed writers with deep insights into the industry.
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.
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.
An introductory creative writing course designed to acquaint students with the craft of creative 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 is a survey course in contemporary literature designed for students interested in creative writing. Students will study contemporary American literature from a writer's perspective with a special focus on prose style, structure, scene development, and other elements of the craft of writing. Students will also be introduced to the workings of the American publishing industry, including the roles of literary agent and editor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Free Elective Credits: 33
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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