Creative Writing Concentration

Study English and writing/literature at George Fox, a top Christian college on the West Coast.

Develop Your Writing Skills Under the Guidance of Accomplished Professors

The creative writing concentration within the English major at George Fox attracts visionary students who understand that effective writing influences hearts and minds, and ultimately helps improve the world around them. As a student in the creative writing program, you’ll develop your writing skills with the guidance of accomplished professors – Christian authors who are published in the genres they teach.

English professors’ works have been published by Bloomsbury Publishing, Barclay Press and Friends United Press and published in such publications as Christian Century, The Oregonian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Poet Lore and The Potomac Review, among many others. Instructors will inspire you to find your voice as you hone your ability to write in a variety of genres and settings. As you learn, you’ll be encouraged to publish while still a student.

Accomplished Christian writers from Oregon and elsewhere join our classes to share about their work and insights. The curriculum introduces you to literary models and a breadth of writing styles, including poetry, drama, fiction, literary nonfiction and memoir writing. Within a close-knit community of fellow writers and professors, you and your peers will share your writing – providing critiques of each others’ work, and practicing the art of revision.

Explore Your Faith and Express Yourself Through Writing

Your spiritual growth is also a priority. In small classes and workshops, faculty-mentors will get to know you personally. They will encourage you to explore your faith and express your personal odyssey through writing. They will help you discern how to incorporate your faith into writing for all audiences.

At the same time, you gain the opportunity to study a broad, challenging curriculum in the wider community of students pursuing their passion in a Christ-centered environment.

Request more information about the creative writing concentration at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

As a writing/literature major, you will learn from professors who know you by name.

English majors learn to think critically and creatively, read perceptively, and write clearly and effectively. Employers consistently list these skills among the traits they most desire. Because so many occupations and organizations depend on strong analytical skills and written and oral communication, English majors have great flexibility and a wide range of options within the job market. Some of these potential fields, such as public relations, human resources, market research and nonprofit management, are projected to grow at a fast pace over the next decade.

  • Novelist, Writer-in-Residence, Corban University
  • Travel Writer/Yale University Faculty Member
  • Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals
  • English Professor, Spring Arbor University
  • English Teacher, Klamath Falls High School
  • English Teacher and Newspaper Advisor, Westside Christian High School
  • Project Coordinator, Act Six/PDX Leadership Foundation
  • International School of English Teacher, Evergreen State College
  • Librarian, Forest Grove City Library
  • Owner, Web Design Company
  • Oxford University
  • Tufts University
  • University of St. Andrews
  • Penn State University
  • Fordham University
  • University of Oregon
  • Boston College
  • Georgia College and State University
  • University of Colorado
  • Portland State University
  • Baylor University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  • Portland Monthly Magazine
  • Oregon Bride Magazine
  • Northwest Yearly Meeting
  • Ellechor Publishing House
  • Newberg Public Library
  • Barclay Press
  • Newberg Public Schools (SMART Reading Program)

Student Experiences

Gina Ochsner, author, winner of 2002 Flannery O’Conner Award

“What I appreciated the most about the time I spent studying at George Fox was the creative latitude to explore, define, craft and hone my own creative aesthetic. Under the guidance of gifted instructors I was encouraged to examine rigorously what it is I wanted to write and how best to write it.”  

- Gina Ochsner, author, winner of 2002 Flannery O’Conner Award

Jay Miller

“Studying English trains a person in habits essential to life: attentiveness, reflection, communication, etc. Studying English at George Fox directs these habits towards living a good life. My professors honed my literary skills, but they also grounded these skills in a Christian imagination alive to language’s potential to express and question what is true, good and beautiful. I now feel equipped for both graduate studies and thoughtful navigation of life’s complexities.”

- Jay Miller

Points of Distinction

  • Major classes are taught by full-time faculty members who are active writers and scholars.
  • Students have opportunities for practical writing and teaching experience through English Honors Society membership, Academic Resource Center tutoring and writing for The Crescent.
  • Senior capstone experience can include internships in writing, publishing or teaching.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.