Degree Programs

Fiction

The fiction program begins with a 1-year foundation in all forms of creative writing. The second year, students choose literary or popular fiction then embark on a study of history and analysis of literary works of fiction in the form of short stories. Moving into the third year, students focus on the novel. And finally, in the fourth year, students write and refine a novel of their own.

Nonfiction

The nonfiction program begins with a foundation in several forms of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, children’s literature, playwriting, and screenwriting. The second year introduces students to the history and analysis of nonfiction essays. Moving into the third year, students focus on biography and memoir. And finally, in the fourth year, students write and refine a memoir, biography, or short essay compilation and begin querying agents.

Poetry

The poetry program begins with a foundation in several forms of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, playwriting, and screenwriting. The second year introduces students to the history and analysis of poetry in tradition and invented forms. Moving into the third year, students focus on the poetry collection as well as modernist and contemporary poetry. And finally, in the fourth year, students write and refine a poetry collection of their own.

Playwriting

The playwriting program begins with a foundation in several forms of creative writing. The second year introduces students to the history and analysis of drama and playwriting, with a focus on the conventions of writing for the stage. The second year, students study tools of storytelling, story structure, dramatic scenes and character interaction, and dialogue. The third year, focuses on the full length play while developing scenes and analyzing the connection between writing and conveying visual components, direction, sound, props, set design, and more. And finally, in the fourth year, students write and refine a feature-length play.

Screenwriting

Creative Writing is no longer considered a hobby, but a field of study recognized by renowned universities. The South Gate Society Arts Center offers a four-year degree in Creative Writing with a specialization in Screenwriting that focuses on developing knowledge of history, genre, practical application, and publishing work, while building platforms, networks, and learning the skills every artist-entrepreneur needs to build their business and brand. This degree is different from others because students learn not only the craft of writing, but also learn to master tools and techniques to build a career as a writer.

Children’s Literature

The Children’s Literature program begins with a foundation in several forms of creative writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, children’s literature, playwriting, and screenwriting. The second year introduces students to history and analysis, illustration, and fairy tales. During the second year, students will study tools of storytelling, story structure, dramatic scenes and character interaction, and dialogue. Moving into the third year, students focus on Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction. And finally, in the fourth year, students write and refine a manuscript or book series proposal.
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Certificate in Creative Writing

An exciting year studying all forms of creative writing: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Literature, Screenwriting, and Playwriting. Two semesters, consisting of ten weeks. Each semester includes six classes and two electives. Not only will you learn about creative writing, forms, and genres, but will also practice penning pieces in each genre. You will also learn how to create an Author Platform using WordPress, learn the art of blogging, and begin publishing. This certificate is available on campus or online.

Faculty

LeAnne Kline Christiansen

LeAnne Kline Christiansen

CEO, Founder
LeAnne Kline Christiansen, CEO & Founder: graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in English from Pennsylvania State University in Creative Writing; Bachelor’s Degree in Communications: Film & Video. She teaches Rhetoric & Composition, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Business Communications.
Henrik Echers

Henrik Echers

Founder, Vice President
Henrik earned a degree as a pedagogue and has professional experience teaching in several schools in Northern Jutland where he developed curriculum and played a pivotal role in inspiring the youth. He is an accomplished artist, painting with acrylics with a pendant for landscapes in a naturalistic, mystic style.
Sascha Christensen

Sascha Christensen

Co-Founder, Instructor
Sascha Christensen debuted as an author in 2009 with her first young adult fantasy-novel Den Ydmyge Amulet which won both critical and public acclaim as well as Denmark’s Radio Orla Award for Best Fantasy Publication 2010.
Signe Andrea Lentz Christiansen

Signe Andrea Lentz Christiansen

Asst, Director, Co-Founder
Signe Andrea Lentz Christiansen is a project manager and oversees SGS start-up processes like applying for SU and program accreditation. Signe earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and is currently working on her Master’s in Learning and Philosophy (Learning and Change Process).
Marius Padurean

Marius Padurean

Instructor
Marius earned a Master’s Degree in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University and Bachelor’s degrees in English and American Literature: Language-Creative Writing as well as Information Science.

Student Representatives

Samuel Mork Bednarz

Samuel Mork Bednarz

Student, Popular Fiction
Samuel became a fulltime bachelor’s degree student in September 2015 and was elected to the office of Student Representative. He likes books, and art, music, movies and has an unhealthy appreciation of rain. A Norwegian weirdo. Arguably overly ambitious about everything: proudly, and most especially, creative writing.
Emilie Østervig Blirup

Emilie Østervig Blirup

Student, Popular Fiction
Emilie Østervig Blirup was determined to become a full time bachelor’s student at SGS despite any obstacles that got in her way (including partial blindness). In her first year, she acquired her first job (a writing job!), has nearly completed her first novel (popular fiction), and is working on starting her own business.
Maria Sjöstrand

Maria Sjöstrand

Student, Popular Fiction
Maria has been writing creatively since she was a child. After graduating from SGS, she plans to work at a publishing firm and greatly values the insight SGS offers through the semester business courses that give insight into the publishing industry.
Jesse Dwight

Jesse Dwight

Student, Crime Writing

Jesse is a crime writer and paranormal enthusiast who is starting her own paranormal investigative group that will investigate reportings of haunted locations around Denmark.

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