CREATIVE WRITING


Must I write?

If your answer to that question is “yes!” then you’ll find a home in UMF’s B.F.A. program in Creative Writing, where an exciting  liberal arts setting lets talented young writers hone their skills over four years of writing workshops, literature courses, and hands-on opportunities in editing and publishing. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Creative Writing at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on.  If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Creative Writing courses are limited to majors, but with permission of instructor non-majors may take the following course:
    • ENG 181 Literary Analysis and Interpretation
    • ENG 152 Creative Writing for Non-Majors
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Writer’s Guild, Journalism Club, Poetry Slam Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in Creative Writing? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has minors in English, Film Studies, and many other choices..  Click here for more information. Majors related to Creative Writing include English.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Novelist, Project Director for PBS, Public Radio Journalist, Newspaper Journalist, Communications Associate, Marketing Assistant, Social Media & Web Support, Poetry Editor, Editor in a Publishing House, Managing Editor at Alice James Books, College Professor, Lecturer, Digital and Calendar Editor at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Library Assistant, Freelance Videographer, Associate Dean of Academic Resources at Endicott College, Graphic Designer/Production Artist, Advancement Relations and Media Coordinator, Content Marketing Manager, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Author, Poet, Technical Writer, Television and Film Producer, Video Game Writer, Writing Teacher, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The contact person for this major is Pat O’Donnell. If you have any questions about the application process for Creative Writing, contact Pat at podonnel@maine.edu  or 207-778-7419.

For more information, go to
http://www2.umf.maine.edu/creativewriting/prospective-students/

Prepare an application to the BFA Program to include:

A cover sheet containing your phone number, address and current major.
A current UMF transcript (available from the Registrar).
A writing sample from two or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction. No more than 15 pages of prose, or six poems.
A one-paragraph assessment of yourself as a creative writer and why you want to declare Creative Writing as a major.

Please leave the application with Shari Witham, Humanities Department Administrative Assistant, in 209B Roberts. You may also send your application to her at Department of Humanities, 209B Roberts, 270 Main Street, Farmington, ME 04938. If you have questions please call her at 207-778-7425.


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