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Byu idaho creative writing

Creative Writing

Creative writing offers rewards far more certain than royalty checks and best seller lists. When starting a career in creative writing, consider these three questions:

What Can I Do Right Now

Don’t wait until graduation to start your career as a creative writer. BYU-Idaho provides many opportunities for you to share and improve your writing.


Present your creative works at the various conferences supported by BYU-Idaho:


Get published now.

  • Write for the Scroll, BYU-Idaho’s student newspaper.
  • Submit to Outlet, the BYU-Idaho Art and Literary Journal.
  • Submit to other publications that support student work. Online Journals such as Juxtaprose, started by graduates of the English program, is a great place to start.

Writing Groups

Get feedback on your writing. Start a writing group where you can read and evaluate each other’s writing. Attend the Student Writing Retreat, an off-campus writing workshop lead by English Department faculty.


Every semester the BYU-Idaho English Department hosts literary readings where creative writers share their recent works and answer your questions. Past readings include Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Dunn and Anthony Doerr. See the Event Calendar for upcoming readings.


Take classes that enrich your writing skills and your content knowledge. Check out the advising page for recommended courses. Check out the advising page for recommended courses. Also, use your elective credits to support your writing goals. Want to write children’s literature? Take a children’s lit. class, and a child development course might be valuable too.

How Do I Get Published?

When you consider getting published, you should look at three options.

  1. A standalone work (e.g., a novel, a collection of poetry, a screenplay).
  2. A short entry in a magazine or journal
  3. A work in an anthology

To start a making a name for yourself, consider options 2 and 3 as a starting point. Find magazines and journals that best fit your literary genre and style. Research their publication guidelines. Join a writers’ group and get feedback from other writers. Research how to write an excellent submission letter. Make sure that you submit your very best work.

As you enter the publishing world, do your research. Read blogs, read trade magazines, and most of all read excellent literature of all genres.

Join online communities to let you know more about the world of publishing. This list just illustrates a few of online sources out there:

Better yet. Contribute to an online magazine created by graduates from BYU-Idaho’s English Department. Juxtaprose began as passionate BYU-Idaho English majors sought opportunities to share great literature.

How Do I Earn a Living

Creative writers work in a variety of fields. Until you become the next Brandon Sanderson or Anthony Doerr, you might consider a field that values your skills at narrative, concrete language, and creativity. A documentation supervisor at Microsoft once said, “I’d hire a poet any day. They understand imagery, brevity, and punctuation.”

Creative writers make excellent copywriters, web content writers, and journalists. You understand that the story, more than information, engages readers. Learn more about professional writing career opportunities.

Byu idaho creative writing

The bachelor’s degree in professional studies is a flexible offering that allows students to tailor their education to meet professional goals. Students may design a unique course of study to gain the skills required for a variety of career options.

This degree is developed and granted by BYU-Idaho, with support and resources coming from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Students become disciple leaders.
  • Students become lifelong learners.
  • Students become creative and critical thinkers.
  • Students become effective communicators.
  • Students become skilled professionals.
  • Students become engaged citizens.

To complete a bachelor’s degree, the following courses are required in addition to the certificates stated above:

Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.

Each degree has a set of recommended general education courses.

Course Code Course Name # of Credits
ENG 150 Writing and Reasoning Foundations 3
ENG 301 Advanced Writing and Research 3
MATH 108x Math for the Real World 3
GE 103 Online University Success 1

Natural Sciences

Course Code Course Name # of Credits
GESCI 203 Environmental Stewardship 3
NUTR 150 Essentials of Human Nutrition 3

Art & Humanities

Course Code Course Name # of Credits
HUM 110 Introduction to the Humanities 3

Social Science

Course Code Course Name # of Credits
ECON 150 Econ Principles & Problems Micro 3
PSYCH 111 General Psychology 3

Religion (plus an additional 6 credits)

Course Code Course Name # of Credits
REL 200C The Eternal Family 2
REL 225C Foundations of the Restoration 2
REL 250C Jesus Christ Everlasting Gospel 2
REL 275C Teachings and Doctrines of the Book of Mormon 2

Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.

Due to the customizable nature of this degree, employment opportunities will truly be dependent upon the work experience of the student and the unique combination of skills that are developed through the certificates that are completed.

Why choose this degree?

Through professional studies, you will gain skills that will aid you in your professional pursuits such as communication, ethical leadership, team management, creativity, and analytical skills. You can customize your experience by selecting three certificates to build your degree.

BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Most degrees have a recommended plan of certificates that will help students increase their income and improve their employment possibilities.