Creative Writing Community

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In the Creative Writing Community, you will read ground-breaking literature, discuss world-changing ideas, and examine your experiences at Villanova while writing and thinking critically and creatively.

Whatever major you choose at Villanova, this intense focus on literature and creative writing will help you solve real life problems, express yourself articulately, and write persuasively.

Students in the Creative Writing Community will:

Take a specially-designated section of the humanities seminar, Augustine and Culture (ACS), for a full academic year with other students in your learning community. In this class, you will:

  • Read a variety of innovative ancient and modern writers, focusing on their ideas, approaches, and styles of expression.
  • Explore unconventional wisdom and new ways of thinking that have influenced people across time and around the globe.
  • Learn close reading as a skill that illuminates the richness of literature.
  • Improve writing skills for traditional critical essays as well as reflective and creative pieces. 

Participate in a weekly one-credit creative writing class. In this class you will:

  • Examine your experiences at Villanova while crafting in forms that uniquely reflect your voice, including poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. 
  • Read and discuss creative texts with the purpose of discovering how we create meaning from stories. Our goal is simple: to create a durable platform for your growth as writers, students, and human beings. 
  • Learn to appreciate how writers meet challenges, break norms, invent solutions, and ignite change in their own creative work.  

The Creative Writing Community will live together on South Campus.

Being in Creative Writing Community means....

Professors who are committed to learning in and out of class

Dynamic weekly conversations with your classmates about stories, poems, essays, and creative ideas

Community within your hall and the chance to build strong friendships that last a lifetime

Connections to faculty, administrators, Junior or Senior students, campus life, and your own classmates

Explore your creative potential and free your imagination

About the Community

Students selected will be enrolled in designated sections of ACS and VEXP that corresponds to their Learning Community theme, along with the appropriate housing assignment.  Learning Communities are open to all first-year students in all colleges.  The one-credit VEXP class is an addition to the normal course load, and runs from the beginning of Fall semester until Spring Break.  It is designed not to interfere with other academic requirements.