Academics

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.