Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Professor Wendel and a Stac student reviewing a book

Creative Writing Program

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Creative Writing program is perfect for passionate and talented student writers.  Our faculty provide instruction, guidance, and mentorship in the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. No matter your area of interest, STAC will provide you with the tools to pursue the writing career of your dreams.

Earning a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing prepares students for a variety of learning and working opportunities upon graduation. Many of our alumni have gone on to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing after graduation, while others have secured prestigious positions at top New York City publishing houses.

Creative Writing Courses

St. Thomas Aquinas College offers focused creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as elective courses in topics such as autobiography and playwriting. Classes are taught by published writers and poets with a wealth of knowledge, talent, and experience to share.

Required courses include the core requirements, categorized as follows:

  • Foundation Courses (6 Credits)
  • Creative Writing Sequence (15 Credits)
  • Literature Sequence—One course selected from Drama, Poetry, and Fiction (9 Credits)
  • Gender & Multi-Cultural Studies (3 Credits)
  • One 300-level English Literature course (3 Credits)

There is also a General Education requirement of 30 credits in the Humanities

Creative Writing Student Opportunities

Our Creative Writing students are offered many chances for experiential learning. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to work on and contribute to Voyager, our completely student-run publication, as well as many regional literary journals in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Students in the Creative Writing Program also get a front-row seat to readings by national prize-winning writers in our Writers @ Work series. Writers @ Work presents talks, readings, and lectures by a wide range of voices.  Even better, these writers often sit in on creative writing seminars on campus, offering feedback to students on their own work.

Pave the Way to an M.F.A.

Upon completion of the Creative Writing Program at STAC, you will have assembled a writing portfolio that will prepare you for entry into the best M.F.A. programs in the country. Recent graduates have been accepted at such prestigious institutions as Sarah Lawrence College and The New School. Earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing will perfect your craft and prepare you for a career in professional writing.

Creative Writing Careers

Feeling unsure of how to convert your passion into a career? STAC’s Creative Writing degree holders go on to pursue careers in editing, publishing, teaching, content marketing, grant writing, and so much more.

A recent graduate of the Creative Writing program Ariana Carpentieri wasn’t sure if a writing degree would make for a viable career:

“As much as I love writing, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my degree. The people at STAC helped me focus on a career direction,” Ariana said. “Publishing, specifically editorial work, is where I want to be.” Read more about Ariana's experience at STAC. 

Get Creative at St. Thomas Aquinas College

Through STAC’s Creative Writing major, your writing talent will be developed and nurtured. Arrive with inspiration, and leave with the skills to write professionally. Are you ready to transform your passion into a valuable skill? Request more information about our Creative Writing program today!

Writers @ Work

Writers @ Work is an on-going reading/lecture series that focuses on connecting the student body to writers who offer a unique perspective on how good writing can affect our daily lives and enrich our human experience.  We have hosted Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poets, writers and journalists, and storytellers with many different perspectives. These include Yusef Komunyakaa, Carolyn Kizer, Mitch Weiss, Gloria Emerson, Gary Whitehead, Laconia Thierrio, Joseph Bruchac, Gioia Timpanelli, Fred Gardaphe, David Hinton, Carlina Duan, Sasha Pimentel and many more.

Featured Profile
Ariana Carpentieri
Ariana Carpentieri '18
Creative Writing and English

“STAC helps you figure out what you want to do with your life and in your career.”

Ariana Carpentieri always knew she wanted to write. She says she has loved words – writing them, reading them – for as long as she can remember. Now she's putting that passion to use as editor in chief of Odyssey, an online publishing platform, and Voyager, the college’s literary journal. Read more.

STAC FUTURES: Creative Writing


Content Marketer/Editor/Grant Writer/Novelist/Publisher/Teacher
STAC students pose with free books from Simon & Schuster.

Students pose with goodie bags from Simon & Schuster: free books! Students visited Simon & Schuster headquarters in Manhattan, met with representatives from Human Resources, and learned the ins and outs of the publishing business.