About this Program

When a poem or lyric moves you, how does it make you feel what you’re feeling? When a story scares you, what’s happening on the level of structure and syntax to usher you toward surprise? In the creative writing emphasis, students won’t only read and write, they’ll learn the very mechanics of prose and poetry, in order to be able to reproduce the effects of literature they love. During their course of study they’ll read and interpret the work of contemporary writers, study the history and conventions of various genres, attend literary readings, and share their prose and poetry with classmates. The creative writing emphasis offers concentrated study in the practice and craft of writing as a creative art. Students will study the art and craft of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and take workshops devoted to one or more of those three genres. Students in this emphasis will develop the skills of critical thinking, creative problem solving, close reading, editing, and logical analysis.

Program Highlights

  • Workshop setting

  • Literary readings

  • Critiquing of peers' work

  • Focus on contemporary literature

  • Chance to study with published working writers

  • Annual poetry and fiction competitions with cash prizes

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Modes


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Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

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Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.


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Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.


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Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Alumni Careers

The Virginian-Pilot
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Norfolk Public Schools


What are the requirements to apply for Creative Writing at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Creative Writing should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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