From the minute you join the Creative & Professional Writing program at Converse, you’ll start prepping for a mission: to plan and implement your own independent creative project called a BFA Thesis. This culminating expression of your student work will help you articulate who you are as a writer as well as serving as a portfolio, manuscript, and possibly even graduate school writing sample. But you won’t be doing this alone. Faculty who are themselves professional writers, fellow student writers, and esteemed visiting writers will all help you maximize your potential through workshops, seminars, mentoring and networking, all in a highly individualized and supportive environment.
More reasons to choose Converse:
- Be part of an award-winning tradition. Low student-faculty ratio of 12-1, often 8-1 in upper-division classes, means your work will always get quality attention and constructive feedback
- You’ll have the opportunity to share your work with visiting professional writers including winners of the National Book Critics Circle award, the National Book Award, state and national Poet Laureates, and Guggenheim Fellows.
- Many of our students publish in national and regional journals and magazines while still completing the undergraduate program.
- Select students are sent to the AWP (Associations of Writers and Writing Programs) conference for real-world professional networking – an experience that most undergraduate writers can only dream about!
- Employers in virtually every industry cite “strong written communications skills” as “essential” – especially in higher-tier and management positions. So whether your dream is to be an author, a journalist, or CEO of a Fortune 500 company…studying writing can help get you there.
Converse has a long history of developing award-winning writers and scholars. Our majors have earned such awards as:
- The Hub City Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry
- Recipient of a Fulbright scholarship
- The award for the best student paper and best student presentation in the Humanities at the Upstate Research Symposium
- The prestigious AWP Intro Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- Finalist for the Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize
Our faculty has received the following teaching awards:
- O’Herron Award for Faculty Excellence
- Kathryn Amelia Brown Teaching Award
- Curriculum Innovation Award
- The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award