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Grand Valley State University

48 months
19750 USD/year
18844 USD/year
13244 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The  Grand Valley State University  Department of Writing offers instruction in academic, creative, and professional writing. Academic writing courses, which are designed for all students in the university community, include first-year composition. For students who choose to major in writing, the department offers coursework in both creative and professional writing.


About the program

Academic writing, creative writing, and professional writing all belong to the liberal arts. As disciplines, they seek to sensitize student writers to the values and practices of particular genres of writing. The overall goal is to develop in students the ability to write well in a variety of contexts. Students develop this ability by reading and analyzing models and by drafting and revising original work in a workshop setting. Academic writing explores the art of writing well in specific disciplinary contexts. Students who emphasize creative writing coursework will explore the art of writing literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. Students who emphasize professional writing will explore the art of writing nonfiction, document design, technical writing, writing in multiple media and other forms of workplace and freelance writing.

The modular curriculum allows students to determine their own course of study, balancing creative and professional writing interests with coursework that leads to a graduate program, freelance writing, editing and publishing, or corporate workplace writing.

Those  Grand Valley State University  students primarily interested in creative writing can take courses where they create original works of poetry, drama, fiction, and literary nonfiction. These students will learn to recognize and describe various poetic and prose forms, to analyze the creative work of others, including both professional writers and fellow students, and to reflect on their own developing personal aesthetic. These students will also have opportunities to develop their editing and professionl writing abilities in other coursework and extracurricular activities

Students whose primary interest is in developing their creative writing abilities may also have a desire to pursue graduate education, to enhance a love and appreciation of literature, to write independently, or to improve their writing skills for any career in which writing may play a part. Many students combine their study of creative writing with a minor in another academic area, such as art, English, history, liberal studies, philosophy, or theater. Students who focus on creative writing typically find careers as teachers, editors, grant writers, program administrators, freelance journalists, or authors.

Those primarily interested in professional writing can take courses where they generate a wide range of nonfiction prose appropriate for a wide range of rhetorical situations. Writing majors who focus their study on professional writing, multimedia writing, document design, and writing for the web will become sophisticated analysts of communication situations and self-reflective about their own rhetorical skills. By graduation, students who have taken these kinds of courses will feel confident writing and designing pamphlets, newsletters, magazines, web pages, presentations, and a variety of other forms and genres. Students that are primarily interested in professional writing courses typically seek careers in writing, publishing, or other fields in which specialized skills in written communication are required.

All Writing majors are encouraged to combine their interest in writing with a minor in a professional area such as advertising and public relations, business, computer science, English, information systems, or international relations. Students are encouraged to create a major-minor combination that suits their own interests and career plans. Writing majors typically find careers as editors, grant writers, program administrators, technical writers, freelance writers, teachers, and authors.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction to Professional Writing 
  •  Writing with Style 
  •  Introduction to Creative Writing 
  • Document Production and Design 
  • Intermediate Poetry Workshop 
  • Advanced Poetry Workshop 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International Application
  • $30 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Verification of Financial Support

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19750 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    18844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18844 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13244 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13244 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Allendale

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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