Creative Writing at Lakeland University

Unique Offerings

The BFA in Creative Writing is unlike any other writing degree offered in Wisconsin. A rigorous and focused curriculum for arts-minded students, this degree prepares students for a variety of careers, including creative writing, editing and publishing.

At Lakeland, students take three tiers of creative writing workshops in three genres, as well as courses in our other fine arts programs – Music, Art, and Theater – in order to magnify study, extend practice and enrich experience.

Required Cooperative Education experiences and internships pair students with national literary journals, a national book press Seems, the Great Lakes Writers Festival, the Community Book Read, and the campus’ digital media outlet, The Mirror.

Expressive Communicating

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • Wisconsin's only BFA program offering a completely creative-writing-focused major
  • Opportunity to learn from over 14 published authors
  • Development of craft in all genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting
  • Creative writing workshops that build from beginner to advanced levels
  • Special topics in writing such as plot, children's literature, travel writing, social change, prose poetry, myths and fairy tales
  • Composition of a book written, revised, edited, designed, and printed by student
  • Exploration of other artforms as inspiration--graphic design, music, studio art, and theater
  • Participation in the student-led creative writing club
Creative Writing students writing on white board.
Creative writing at lakeland University

Backed by Experience

100% Placement Rate

In the last decade, Lakeland's Creative Writing program has had 100 percent job placement for students who pursued this degree. Many received highly coveted teaching assistantships and tuition remission upon acceptance.

Lakeland University also offers a major in Writing, which has been a staple at our campus for more than three decades!

Lakeland University Creative Writing Faculty working with students

One-On-One Attention

Experienced Writing Faculty

Lakeland’s experienced Writing faculty takes great pride in working one-on-one with all students. While the primary instructors are well-versed in all facets of the written word, Madeleine Wattenberg is an award-winning poet who has published dozens of works and done numerous readings. Her debut poetry collection, I/O, was a finalist for the 2021 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, and Jodie Mortag, an expert in fiction and nonfiction, has work in numerous literary magazines--Ruminate, North Dakota Quarterly, Counterclock, Fourteen Hills, Barnstorm, Stoneboat, among others.

  • Author
  • Copywriter and Editor
  • Publisher
  • Teacher
  • Reporter
  • Writing Festival Coordinator
  • Pursuit of an M.F.A. in Creative Writing
  • Pursuit of a M.A. in Publishing and Editing
  • Report for University newspaper The Mirror
  • Editorship on Seems literary magazine
  • Assistantship organzing Great Lakes Writers Festival, Community Book Read, Writer's Studio
  • Social Media Content Creator for writing program and/or Humanties and fine arts pages
  • Copywriter and Editor for Great Lakes Writers Festival website
  • Curator for Writing Room
Experiential Education

Experiential Education

Successful Job Placement

Lakeland's Cooperative Education program will provide Creative Writing students with 12-18 months of full-time work experience and academic credit for their work. A combination of scholarships and wages will help significantly reduce or eliminate post-graduation debt.

Experiential Education

Interested in Lakeland University's uniquely expressive and artistic Creative Writing program? Contact us today.

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