Creative Writing

BFA Overview

BFA student Emily McCrary reading her work at Writers Week. Photo by Kiki Vera Johnson.We encourage our graduate students to become people of letters, and our goals for undergraduate students are no less ambitious. We offer a broad liberal arts education that fosters creativity, exercises communication skills, sharpens analytical perception, and encourages informed, integrated cultural viewpoints.

Our BFA program provides aspiring writers an apprenticeship in writing, informed by the close study of literature among a community of professional writers. As a studio-academic experience in writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, our BFA program unites passionate people who believe the creation of art is a pursuit valuable to self and culture.

The BFA degree provides training in the art of writing through the study of aesthetics, the literary tradition, the craft and profession of publishing, and liberal arts subjects relevant to each student's needs and goals.

The Department of Creative Writing has established four intended outcomes for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. Our intent is to:

  • provide a rigorous apprenticeship in the art and craft of creating literature.
  • help students develop critical faculties, their understanding of literary forms, and their aesthetic judgment.
  • build a strong intellectual foundation in the historical literary tradition, grounding practice of the art of writing in an understanding of how that art has been practiced by the greatest classic and modern authors.
  • construct a thoughtful interdisciplinary foundation for understanding the relationship of creative writing to other arts and scholarly areas

These program outcomes coincide with UNCW's Strategic Goal I, which aims at creating the most powerful learning experience possible for our students. We have identified four specific learning outcomes for all students in the BFA Program:

  • Students will write original, engaging works, demonstrating creativity and informed by contemporary and historic literary traditions. The writing will have an engaging style that avoids formulaic/clich├ęd elements. This coincides with the UNCW Learning Goal: Thoughtful Expression.
  • Students will demonstrate a grasp of narrative or poetic techniques that show an understanding of the relationship between form and content (including narrative structure, line length, tone, point of view, language use). This coincides with the UNCW Learning Goal: Creative Inquiry.
  • Students will write clearly and precisely, adhering to the rules of proper grammar, syntax, and writing mechanics. This coincides with the UNCW Learning Goal: Thoughtful Expression.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of their literary influences and be able to place their work within a historical context. The students will cite writers and works that have affected the form and content of their own work. The students will summarize their development as writers. This coincides with the UNCW Learning Goal: Critical Thinking.

Our department regularly invites prominent writers to campus for readings and lectures. We encourage our undergraduate students to participate in our annual Writers Week and all other events involving visiting writers.

For more information on the BFA program contact:

Tim Bass, BFA Program Coordinator
Suite 1102, Kenan Hall
Department of Creative Writing
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5938
(910) 962-7711