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Writing Program at Ithaca College Included in ‘Creative Colleges’ Guide

ITHACA, NY — The author of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians, and Writers” has included Ithaca College among the institutions recommended for students interested in entering the field of writing. Containing information and resources to help college-bound creative students pick the right program for them, the guide cites Ithaca as having one of the top undergraduate writing programs.

Criteria that determine whether a college is listed in the book include the recognition of the program, the breadth of the curriculum in the major field, the number of scholarships available, the number of activities available to the students in their major field and alumni accomplishments.

Only 39 writing programs nationwide are featured in the guide, which has included Ithaca College in every edition since it was first published in 2005.

Author Elaina Loveland is a former editor of the Journal College of Admission, published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and currently serves as editor in chief of International Educator, the publication of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs.

She says a big strength of Ithaca is its diversity of curriculum.

“The writing program offers 45 courses, and students may choose to concentrate in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing or professional writing,” notes Loveland. “The breadth of these course offerings in writing is an incredible advantage to students because not only will undergraduates hone their creative writing skills, they will attain professional writing skills that can help them in a variety of writing-related careers.”

Jack Wang, associate professor and chair of the Department of Writing, considers the accolades well deserved. “The primary strength of the program comes from the quality and commitment of our faculty, who are dedicated to the enterprises of teaching and writing.”

The Department of Writing offers a B.A. degree, with opportunities for students to take master classes as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series; participate in monthly public readings, an annual writing contest and the department’s literary journal, Stillwater; and intern locally and nationally at publishing houses, newspapers, magazines, museums, theaters, public relations agencies and nonprofit organizations.

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