How to Get a BA Degree in Creative Writing

Bachelor’s degrees in creative writing (BFA/CW) can be obtained online. Before you enroll in a program, take some time to explore your goals as a writer so that you can get the maximum benefit from the online university you choose.


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    Understand that a program of study for a BFA (bachelor of fine arts) degree in creative writing is not traditional. While it is true you will take the traditional liberal arts courses required for the degree, a concentration in creative writing will require you to take a series of courses that:
    • Don’t require traditional testing methods.
    • Include writing workshops.
    • Track your progress on a particular piece of work, such as your novel or script.
    • Encourage you to critique your classmate’s work.
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    Research online BFA/CW degree programs. Simply use those words in your browser to get a listing of online colleges offering a BFA/CW degree.
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    Look at the course offerings from a variety of online universities. For example, take a look at Minnesota’s State University comparison of required courses for a BA in English vs. a BFA in creative writing.[1]
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    Prepare yourself for the program. Creative writing programs are designed to make you a better writer. As such, there will be heavy emphasis on writing skills, such as grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. (A highly creative story line is pointless if the basic writing is poor and confusing.)
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    Start your writing practice now. Artists don’t become good unless they paint every day, pianists can’t play Beethoven’s Ninth unless they practice every day. And you won’t become a good creative writer unless you write every day.
    • Keep a journal. Write in it every day, even if it is just a few paragraphs.
    • Always carry a small notebook with you. Jot down story ideas, character sketches, details about trees, birds, and the person in the next booth; in short, observe and make detailed notes about everything.
    • Commit yourself to a daily practice writing routine. For at least 1 hour a day, use writing prompt to do some free flow writing. You can get a free writing prompt for every day of the year at The Teacher’s Corner.[2]


  • Reading a wide selection of books, essays and poems will help you with your writing. Try reading passages that resonate with you out loud so that you can get a feel for the cadence and style of the author.
  • Some colleges offer a concentration in a particular genre, such as fiction or poetry.
  • Creative writing courses require you to use your imagination and writing skills. There is no such thing as “cramming” for a workshop. The only way to get the most from a creative writing workshop is to do the writing and be willing to revise and edit continuously.


  • Don’t enroll in any online college unless it has been accredit4ed. The U.S. Department of Education[3]lists all of the accredited institutions in the United States. You can search for details about a particular college, or you can download a PDF that lists all of the accredited colleges.

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