Creative Writing

Apply your imagination and perfect your narrative craft in the Creative Writing program. If you would like to learn to write in your own original form, voice and style, the program opens up a world of opportunities for the novelist, poet, essayist, memoir or short story writer in you. Utilize your writing skills in publishing, education, multi-media, theater arts, film and much more.

You will develop crucial communication skills and creative abilities in a program of introductory and advanced courses focused on a variety of writing genres from stories and poems to essays and plays. Receive hands-on experience in literary publishing, and learn to present and submit your work for publication.

Study and work with faculty comprised of award-winning working writers who have published their own novels, stories and poems with national presses and journals. You will be encouraged to join in extracurricular writing activities such as the college's student-edited literary and visual arts magazine, the Quadrangle, and the Contemporary Writers Series showcasing world-renowned writers.

Highlighted Courses:

  • Literary Publishing
  • Writing Young Adult Fiction
  • Creative Writing Capstone

Extended Learning Opportunities

Faculty Scholarship
Canisius creative writing faculty are award-winning working writers with national publications in fiction, poetry, memoir, and drama.
Faculty-Student Collaboration
Creative writing students work with faculty mentors to shape their own original work and to engage our vibrant Buffalo literary community.


The college is a member of the Association of Writing Programs (AWP) and meets its criteria for excellence in the undergraduate creative writing major. Faculty-student collaborations also enable you to engage in the vibrant literary community in Buffalo


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of faculty have nationally recognized publications in their genre
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