SHU's English Department Honored

Creative Writing Program Listed as One of the Top 200 in the Nation by National Publication

Siena Heights University’s creative writing program was honored for the second straight time as one of the top 200 creative programs in the nation by a national publication.


According to the second edition of Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers, Siena Heights’ creative writing program in its English department is listed as one of the top 200 programs in the nati on. Siena Heights was also listed in the first edition of this book by author Elaina Loveland. creativecollege.jpg


“I think it is quite an honor to be chosen for the second edition of the book,” said Nancy Seligmann Schumann, chair of SHU’s English Department. “Even though we have a small program, we seem to be doing something right.”


The Creative Colleges guide is aimed at college-bound creative students and gives them the information and resources necessary to pick the right program. According to the publishers, the author meticulously researched programs from across the country and ultimately selected 200 art, drama, dance, music and creative writing programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students. The book includes real-life profiles of students in each discipline, day-in-the-life snapshots and answers to frequently asked questions from admissions directors, and tips on auditioning and preparing portfolios from real students and faculty are included along with samples of artist statements, admission essays and artistic resumes.


Siena Heights recently completed a creative writing workshop on campus that featured award-winning author Philip Deaver and members of the SHU English faculty. Seligmann Schumann said about 20 students participated in the fiction and memoir programs, and ages of participants ranged from 14-92.


“This was our first year for the workshop, so I think we did quite well,” she said. “We've had several prolific years within the creative writing program. Five out of six of Siena’s English faculty members have recently published books.”

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