Creative Writing BFA Degree

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Creative Writing
Tell your story in this genre-crossing BFA program.

Join a group of passionate writers interested in building compelling narratives. At Ringling College, our Creative Writing degree is designed to support, empower, and honor young writers.

This is not your high school English class. Creative writing classes at Ringling College explore a range of aesthetics and genres. Visiting writer forums, guest lectures, and a Writer-in-Residence offer guidance, ideas, and critiques. Specialized career-planning benchmarks help you reach your goals. Our Creative Writing program equips students with the technical competence and fluency of narrative to succeed in print, digital media, and new technologies. In a world where content is king, skilled writers are in high demand.


Visiting Writers   2020 Accepted Student Day




Visiting Writers This Year


Tricia Bauer

Will Wight

Chris Ward

Kerry Sheridan


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Turning Passion into Profession with a Creative Writing Degree

What can you do with a Creative Writing degree?








Travel Writers

Marketing Associates


Freelance writers 

Grant writers

Technical writers


Video Game Writers 


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Opportunities for Creative Writing students


The Design Center
Put your creative writing design skills to work in the Ringling College Design Center. Working with our dedicated faculty and in-house designers, you will have the opportunity to solve real communications problems for external clients, as well as for Ringling College events, exhibitions, and recruitment efforts.


Studio Lab
The Ringling College Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab program connects aspiring film and production students to the best known filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, directors, and actors from around the world. Collaborate with, listen to, and engage with the leading filmmakers in the industry who are coming to Ringling College to share their insights and meet emerging talent right here in Sarasota.

Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 
All Creative Writing majors at Ringling College have the opportunity to undergo a writing internship during the summer. This internship feeds into the curriculum directly as students will follow it up with a Fall course, INT 301, during which they reflect on their experience for credit.

The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.





Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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