Writing Program Details
Each student in the major develops a strong basic foundation in the required core classes, which explore genre-based creative writing and provide practice writing and revising for a variety of audiences. In consultation with their advisers, all students with a degree in Writing will select one of two tracks to best suit their needs and professional ambitions. In addition, all students working toward a Writing degree are required to complete a three-credit internship in our University Writing Center or at another site approved by the Chair of Writing and Narrative Arts.
The two tracks students can choose from are
As a writing major or minor, you'll gain proficiencies required for a variety of future academic, career, and creative endeavors.
Woodcrest—A selective literary and arts publication project, Woodcrest is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary talents of the Cabrini University community through poetry, screenplay, fiction and nonfiction writing, art, and photography. The online version can be found at woodcrestmagazine.com.
The publication is a Cabrini tradition that has taken many forms over the years, first as the institution's yearbook, then as the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award-winning student print literary magazine, and most recently as a consistent Crown Award-winning digital magazine. Woodcrest has been identified as a national example of publication at the undergraduate level. In both its print and digital iterations, Woodcrest is and will continue to be committed to undergraduate student creativity and expression. As the cornerstone of a vibrant interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Writing Program, Woodcrest is the digital hub for celebrating student voices, opinions, and artistic expression.
Slam Poetry—In partnership with the Black Student Union and The Fuze, one of Philadelphia’s premier slam poetry organizations, the English Department sponsors two open mic poetry nights each year. Students participate in a poetry writing workshop run by Sherod Smallman and other FUZE poets, then present their work in a widely advertised (and attended) public performance. Students interested in participating should contact Amy Lee Persichetti, EdD.
FUSE—The Department of English enjoys a strong relationship with the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE). FUSE is a national organization that provides a network for undergraduate student editors and writers and their faculty advisors. An important part of FUSE’s mission is to improve channels of communication between editors of undergraduate literary magazines and to foster discussion on the improvement of the undergraduate literary community. Each year, FUSE holds a national conference at a host institution. Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in panels, lectures, readings, and the business meeting. In addition, FUSE hosts a caucus at the national Association of Writing Programs (AWP) to update members, welcome new members, and convene a roundtable discussion of a selected topic.
- the ability to revise and edit writing through multiple drafts—both independently and collaboratively
- the ability to engage with a literary text or other cultural artifacts, drawing upon the rhetorical, critical, aesthetic, and analytical skills appropriate for a member of the contemporary, liberally educated community
- the ability to modify voice, tone, level of formality, genre, medium, and/or structure of writing to suit a variety of rhetorical purposes and audiences
- information-literacy skills to find, retrieve, evaluate, and present information relevant to an issue or problem, using appropriate attribution
- written command of the Writing and the Narrative Arts language that reflects its potential as a communicative and creative medium
- the ability to critically interrogate the social, historical, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions of literary and cultural artifacts
*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations.