Writing

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Write the next chapter of your life.

Do words and their power fascinate you? Do you enjoy sharing stories, observations and speculations? Can you envision talking about great books with professors and other students who love reading as much as you do? Do you want to make your writing more memorable, your command of sentences, images, plots and scenes more secure and lasting? If your answers are yes, yes, yes and yes, welcome to the Writing program at Edinboro University.

Here you will develop a practical understanding of contemporary writing and an appreciation of the wider literary tradition. You will gain experience working with genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, graphic novel writing, business and technical writing. Under the guidance of experienced teachers who are also writers, you will acquire editorial skills, develop a sophisticated grasp of the standards of written English and learn to analyze the rhetorical demands of different writing situations.

During the Thesis Seminar in Writing, you will have the opportunity to complete a semester-long project in a single genre and present your work publicly at the end of the Spring semester. You will graduate ready to enter a wide variety of fulfilling professions and make a meaningful contribution to the world around you.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Develop strong writing and communication skills.

A strong alumni network will help you succeed. The English Alumni Speaker Series offers information and advice about publication, careers and other professional topics.

Why Edinboro?

You will be encouraged to develop a range of writing forms and styles and to present and publish your own work. Throughout the program, you will find your voice as you:

Learn from distinguished teachers who continually produce new work in a variety of genres.

Enroll in innovative courses, such as advanced writing workshops and special topics and authors seminars that provide in-depth experience with outstanding texts and authors.

Become a writing consultant at the University Writing Center.

Apply for internships at local and regional organizations, such as Fulton Books in Meadville, Bethesda Children’s Home in Meadville, the Tom Ridge Center in Erie, and the Marketing and Communications offices on campus.

Receive expert advice on writing and publishing your work from faculty mentors.

Take advantage of opportunities to present your work.

Contribute to and/or edit Chimera, our award-winning student literary/art journal.

Select and edit work submitted to The Magazine, our annual online journal of undergraduate creative writing.

Work on the Spectator, Edinboro's student newspaper.

The saga continues.

Graduates of Edinboro’s Writing program report they were well prepared for graduate and pre-professional programs, as well as for employment in a variety of fields. Today, they work as editors, teachers, reporters, technical writers, lawyers and librarians. Some are fund-raisers, insurance brokers and technology consultants. The post-graduate lives of these alumni demonstrate the diversity of careers and life experiences the Writing program has inspired:

Steven Breyak (BA ‘03) Owner, Kid’s Action English, Osaka, Japan

Adaena Tray (BA ‘04) Library Director, Green Tree Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel Reufman (BA ‘06) Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication, University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, WI

Dane Lamont (BA ‘08) Professor of English & Communications, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Johnstown, PA

Caleb Hunt (BA ‘09) Technical Editor, Eagle Research Group, Columbus, OH

Britt Kemp (BA ‘10) Content Coordinator, Bishop Fox, Phoenix, AZ

Caiden Feldmiller (BA ‘13) Doctoral Candidate in English, Penn State University, State College, PA

Cara J. Suppa (BA ‘10) Freelance Writer, graduate student, West Virginia University's online MS in Integrated Marketing Communications program

Rebecca McElhatten (BA ‘10) Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Baltimore, MD

Jillie Wowk-Kennedy (BA ‘13) Designer, Faux Designs, Boston, MA

Taylor Birk (BA ’13) Publication Specialist, Christian Faith Publishing, Meadville, PA

Brandon Lewis (BA ‘12) Quality Manager, AccuSpec Electronics, Erie, PA

Aryn Balogh (BA ‘14) Registrar of Wills Office, Erie County Courthouse, Erie, PA

Marissa Coffey (BA ‘14) Payroll Specialist, Highmark Blue Shield, Pittsburgh PA

Jessica Clair (BA ‘15) Marketing Content Coordinator, PCG Capital, Pittsburgh, PA

Kathlyn Longtine (BA ’17) Assistant Editor, Union Gospel Press, Cleveland, OH

Prepare for a rewarding career.