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English: Creative Writing and Literature

The English: Creative Writing and Literature Program focuses on the relationships between literature and creative writing. The English faculty are all published writers who serve as role models and mentors for students. English majors prepare for careers in which professional writing and cultural knowledge are essential.

Recent graduates work in the legal profession, education, publishing, media, public relations, advertising, education administration, and theatre. English majors create portfolios of professional writing at their Senior Internship sites. As evidence of their competence in both writing and literary study, majors submit either an Advanced Creative Writing Portfolio or a Literary Assessment Paper.

Each year a selected student represents Pine Manor in the Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival held at Boston College. Undergraduate students pursuing a BA with a major in English may apply for acceptance into the Solstice Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and begin their graduate work in the final semester of their BA program. If they are accepted into the MFA program, the graduate work they complete in their final undergraduate semester will satisfy the degree requirements in English. In addition, the graduate course work completes the first semester of the MFA program.
Learning Outcomes of the English Program

  • Students develop student writing, reading, thinking, and oral skills
  • Students gain an understanding of literary forms and traditions; teach critical analysis through reading and writing; and provide cultural and historical contexts for writers from a variety of backgrounds
  • Students develop cultural literacy
  • Students develop sensitivity to language, voice, and audience
  • Students develop creativity
  • Students see how a proficiency in writing and literature links them with other fields and disciplines
  • Students prepare for graduate study and for careers in which writing skills are vital



Margaret Roberts ‘13

Currently pursuing advanced degree:
University of Rochester, New York, Master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Pine Manor College, Double major in English and Psychology



“It stretches your imagination and prepares you for the changing future. The numerous skills I acquired helped me to teach abroad, travel to new places, and pursue a mental health degree.”

To learn more about Margaret’s story and her career at Pine Manor and beyond,


Kate Holden ‘14

Currently pursuing advanced degree:
Currently studying towards MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance at Naropa University in Colorado.

Pine Manor College, Double Major in English and Theatre



“Because of the diversity of my program, I got to go to one of the top graduate schools in my field. My internship connected me with an adjunct faculty member at my current university, as well as a whole new way of making theatre. I’m so thankful to have had that opportunity.”

To learn more about Kate’s story and her career at Pine Manor and beyond,

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