The creative writing program at UCM helps students explore and develop their talents as writers so they can go on to write bestsellers, work as editors, develop creative content for major corporations, and surprise us all with ideas we never thought of. In addition to studying fiction and poetry closely, you also will have the opportunity to study screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, and nonfiction so that you are prepared to go where inspiration leads them.
Our classes are small, tight-knit workshops where you will share your writing with supportive classmates and professors who are also published authors. Students gain professional experience in the literary industry by working as interns for Pleiades: Literature in Context, a nationally renowned literary magazine, and Pleiades Press, which publishes books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary scholarship.
Creative, curious, thoughtful, and effective communicators never lack for opportunities. Our alums include David Baker, award-winning author of more than a dozen poetry collections; Gennifer Albin, author of the young adult fiction novel Crewel; Victoria Brockmeier, author of the poetry collection My Maiden Cowboy Names; the poet Jennifer Denrow, author of California; and Ryan Stone, who wrote the short story collection Best Road Yet. Other alums of our program have gone on to work as editors, literary scholars, copy writers, designers, and marketing specialists.
Many of our graduates become fantastic teachers who share their passion for creative writing in high schools all across Missouri. We’re proud to be a diverse, interdisciplinary program that prepares students to be creative in any field while devoting themselves to their dreams of becoming published authors.
"Whatever your preference: be it poetry, short stories, novels, etc. – UCM has dedicated professors who will try their utmost to help you reach your potential. For me, my interests broadened to other forms of writing and a new appreciation for a wider range of authors. Most importantly, I saw my skills as a writer begin to expand and grow as well."