Creative Writing

Creative writers are daydreamers and romantics, but they are also, as the poet Shelley said, “the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Our program allows students to learn the craft of writing and close reading while acquiring skills that apply to all corners of academia and the market beyond.

Our Program

In the workshop setting, our students pursue the art of reflection, negotiation, critical analysis and diplomacy while deepening their empathy, their imaginative capacity and their understanding of the human experience. 

Open to students from all academic disciplines, our program offers undergraduates the opportunity to expand their writing skills while exploring the full range of literary genres, including poetry, fiction, screenwriting and creative nonfiction. Students in the program join a creative community in which they can foster and develop their writing talents and skills.

Working closely with professionals in the field, our students perfect their craft through focused coursework, creative exercises and workshop critique. They enjoy small classes, a dedicated faculty and a lively program of extracurricular readings, all of which provide a supportive and challenging writing community.

Program Spotlight: Poetry of the Wild

Students enrolled in Introduction to Creative Writing took on a leading role in organizing Poetry of the Wild, a community-based art and poetry project that was installed at numerous public sites throughout Aquidneck Island during the summer of 2017.

Working with youth partners from FabNewport, the students completed exhibits for Salve’s McKillop Library and made wooden boxes to host poetry journals. They also wrote poems to place in the boxes and, after the installations were complete, went to each location to read their poems aloud.

Our Faculty

Our program is coordinated by Salve’s writer-in-residence, Dr. Jen McClanaghan, who provides dedicated advising to all creative writing minors. An accomplished poet, her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Poetry, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and New England Review.


Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Students who wish to pursue creative writing as a career may author a range of creative works, including memoirs, personal essays, novels, story collections, poetry, plays, screenplays, scripts, greeting cards, song lyrics or advertising jingles.

Additionally, students may consider careers in journalism, technical communication, publishing, education, advertising, public relations, law or business.

Possible employers include:

  • Newspapers or magazines
  • Broadcast media companies
  • Trade, professional or consumer publications
  • Websites
  • Government agencies
  • Universities and university presses
  • Publishing houses
  • Literary agents
  • Technical industries

Minor in Creative Writing


6 courses | 18 credits

Required course:

  • ENG250: Introduction to Creative Writing

Students also choose three of the following courses:

  • ENG351: Intermediate Fiction
  • ENG352: Intermediate Poetry
  • ENG451: Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENG453: Special Topics in Creative Writing

To complete the minor, students take two additional courses in literature, chosen in consultation with their advisor.