For graduates of the College of Liberal Arts’ Creative Writing Bachelor of Arts or Master of Fine Arts, the possibilities in the literary world are many. Whether through writing, editing, teaching or pursuing a more advanced degree, graduates find their place and make the most of their education. Learn what you can do with an undergraduate or graduate degree, visit the campus today and apply to the creative writing program of your choice to get started.
What Can I Do with an Undergraduate Degree in Creative Writing?
Employers look for people who can think both critically and creatively. Temple’s English bachelor’s degree—with its emphasis on both creative and critical scholarship and the option of a creative writing concentration—prepares students to succeed in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, in academic professions and in entrepreneurial endeavors.
From mayoral campaigns to musicology, recent Temple grads are putting their English degrees to work in a variety of fields and careers, especially those that involve writing or editing—whether the subject matter is an advertising campaign, an essay, a grant proposal, a legal document or a website. English majors also find non-writing and editing careers in fields that include business, education, government, law, librarianship, marketing and social services.
The Department of English has a well-established internship program and offers students a wealth of opportunities to work in the real world even before graduation. They’re kept up to date on exciting internship opportunities by a popular career seminar. Recently, English majors have secured internships in organizations across several industries:
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Wilma Theater
- Philadelphia Magazine
- US Department of Labor
- Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
- American Cancer Society
What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree in Creative Writing?
Creative Writing MFA graduates’ books have been published by trade and small presses and cover all genres; their works have won grants, prizes and residencies. Many have earned PhDs in English and Creative Writing and are now professors. Our graduates have gone on to become web content editors, journalists, copywriters, book and magazine editors, arts administrators, librarians, grant writers, primary and secondary school teachers and more, and have obtained jobs in advertising, public relations, and communications. College of Liberal Arts Creative Writing alumni continue to make important contributions to the contemporary literary scene.
Plenty! Take a look at the careers page for more information on where graduates’ work has been published and the careers and PhDs our grads have successfully pursued.
Many of our distinguished alumni have gone on to great accomplishments. Just a few from the MFA program who have published books of fiction and poetry include:
- Emily Abendroth
- Sam Allingham
- Lisa Borders
- Ryan Eckes
- Alex Kudera
- Teresa Leo
- Pattie McCarthy
- Meera Nair
- Debra Leigh Scott
- Mecca Sullivan
- Divya Victor
- Yolanda Wisher
- Magdalena Zurawski
If you’re a Creative Writing MA or MFA alumnus, please feel free to announce news, publications and events on our Facebook page.
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The College of Liberal Arts has the largest selection of academic offerings at Temple University. Our students have the flexibility to explore all of their interests, from the humanities and social sciences to business and the media arts. The College of Liberal Arts prepares students to become innovators in all fields, across all industries. We are creative thinkers, doers and risk-takers. Home to 28 departments and programs, we offer an excellent liberal arts education at a premier urban, research university.
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Thinking of Transferring?
Almost half of incoming Temple students transfer from other colleges and universities. If you’ve taken 15 or more college-level credits after high school graduation, you can apply for admission as a transfer student. If you’re thinking about transferring, consider attending a Transfer Tuesday general information session.
Learn More about Transferring to Temple
- December 15: Priority Application Deadline for the MFA Program
- February 1: Freshman Application Deadline for Fall Semester
- February 1: FAFSA Financial Aid Application Deadline
- March 1: FAFSA Financial Aid Application Deadline
- November 1: Transfer Deadline for Spring Semester
- June 1: Transfer Deadline for Fall Semester