Creative Writing Professor

Teach university students about creative writing.

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Salary Range
$33,000 – $114,000

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What do Creative Writing Professors do?

A person’s creativity grows inside them like a plant. The job of a Creative Writing Professor, therefore, is to water the seeds inside aspiring Writers, then fertilize the seedlings like a grammatically correct Gardener as they sprout, grow, and blossom.

As a Creative Writing Professor, you’re employed by colleges and universities, and you do your figurative gardening inside classrooms, where you help students improve their writing — poetry, fiction, and nonfiction — as a sort of literary Coach. Like other Professors, you teach lessons, assign homework and reading, and grade student work. Your classroom is unique, however, because it features a workshop setup instead of a lecture format.

The hallmark of most creative writing programs, a “writing workshop” is a roundtable conversation about student work. It usually opens with a short lesson on a focused writing topic, such as tone, character, or diction, then continues with group conferencing. Rather than giving your students tests and worksheets, you ask them to author original works, including poems, stories, and essays, which the class then reads and discusses — focusing on the Authors ’ strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities — so the students can revise and rewrite them. Through peer conferencing and group editing, your goal as a Creative Writing Professor is to help students hone their craft while also teaching them the nuts and bolts of the writing process.

In fact, the process is what it’s all about: Because good writing is subjective, you don’t grade students’ creativity or craft; instead, you take a “practice makes perfect” approach to grading their effort and improvement. (In gardening parlance: It’s not how pretty the flower is; it’s how high it grows!)

Should I be a Creative Writing Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Adjunct Writing Instructor, Creative Writing English Professor, Creative Writing Teacher See More

    How to Become a
    Creative Writing Professor

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