Creative Writing and Literature
Harness your creativity and communication skills to develop your style while learning from our faculty of working writers.

Creative Writing and Literature

Creative Writing and Literature

The Creative Writing and Literature program provides students with deep examination of literature, poetry, and prose, while also supplying ample opportunity to develop versatile experience in professional writing styles.


You will read about as much as you write in our program, learning from classic and modern texts. With speakers, events, and readings throughout the school year, you will also be immersed in the rich literary community of Buffalo.


You will learn to write in a number of different styles focused on professional skills as well as self-expression and discovery. What you learn in class can be put right to work through internships and our literary magazine Skald.


With a bevy of arts and music programs on campus, our curriculum provides opportunities to explore and experiment with different disciplines at a level typically unavailable in other writing and literature programs.


With our 8:1 student to faculty ratio you will get the personal attention you need to let your talent grow, and receive thoughtful feedback from professors invested in your success.

The Career Potential

Creativity and communication are key transferable skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers and graduate programs. Some examples of career paths include:

  • Author
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Editor
  • Editorial assistant
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Blogger
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Scriptwriter or screen writer

The Facilities

  • Dedicated and shared studio spaces with drawing tables, a project critique area, and state-of-the-art iMac Apple computers equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, GoLive and Acrobat Professional.
  • A classroom reference library.
  • Flat bed scanners, Intous Graphics Pen Tablets, a roofing printer and a large format printer.


The Requirements

Interested in learning more about the Villa experience?

Our Faculty

Questions about the program? Reach out to one of our professors.

Elizabeth Battaglia
Professor, English

Elizabeth Battaglia

[email protected] • 716-961-1860 • Bio

Ann Rivera
Assistant Professor, English, Chair of Liberal Arts Department

Dr. Ann Rivera

[email protected] • 716-961-2851 • Bio

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