Good writers and communicators are needed everywhere in the workplace now as never before. The demand increases as fewer individuals attend to the written word as a vital tool. As a vice president of a major insurance company recently said, "Send us people who can write well and are well-spoken-we can teach them the machines they need to know." St. Andrews was one of the first schools in the country to implement a BFA program in Creative Writing. Department head Ted Wojtasik is the author of two novels, No Strange Fire and Collage, and many short stories published in various literary journals, such as Cold Mountain Review, New Delta Review, and Cairn.
So there you have it. St. Andrews has a terrific undergraduate program in Creative Writing that meets all the requirements outlined in the Associated Writing Programs’ criteria for excellence. The AWP, an international organization for creative writing at colleges and universities, advocates the following for an excellent undergraduate program in Creative Writing:
“The goal of an undergraduate program is to teach students how to read critically as writers and to give students the practice of writing frequently so that, by creating their own works, they may apply what they have learned about the elements of literature…. A successful undergraduate program accomplishes all this through a rigorous and diverse curriculum, through excellent support for students, through the administration’s effective management, and through the institution’s extracurricular activities, general assets, and infrastructure.”
St. Andrews has all that and more including a weekly writers' forum featuring students reading their own work as well as professional writers from all over the country and beyond including India, Japan, England, Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, Germany and Italy. They are all available to be consulted by students one-on-one.
Many St. Andrews writing students travel, too. Some go to the competitive fall semester in Italy to study at Ezra Pound's castle (in the South Tyrol), some to the annual week-long Manteo writing retreat, and some independently.