Why Major in Creative Writing at Penn State Behrend?

The combination of the program’s rigorous curriculum, the excellent faculty, and the opportunities for hands-on learning experiences helps our students to start to find their authentic voices as contemporary poets and writers of fiction and literary non-fiction. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in publishing, as well as editorial positions with institutions and companies across the country.

Current students and graduates have published books as well as publishing their work in some of the finest literary journals in the country, such as Epoch, The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, The Kenyon Review, Poetry East,Poet Lore, The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Western Humanities Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Pleiades, and Salt Hill.

Penn State Behrend offers several ways for students to get involved and gain valuable hands-on experience. Lake Effect is a nationally-recognized literary journal edited by Penn State Behrend Creative Writing students. Students consider submissions of original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Creative Writing majors often write for and edit the college’s weekly student newspaper, The Behrend Beacon, and its accompanying web page. Academic credit can be obtained for work on The Beacon. Roundtable Society is a student-led organization dedicated to the arts, including film, theater, and creative writing. The Roundtable Society sponsors readings, discussions, theater excursions, and annual events such as the Cold Turkey Reading and The Evening of Dubious Taste.