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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Janine Utell


English and Creative Writing

Why Widener?

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Distinguished Guest Lectures

Visiting writers come to campus to share knowledge and experiences with students as part of the Distinguished Writers Series. The nationally known, award-winning authors interact with students by holding readings, classroom lectures, and tutorials. Patricia Engel is just one of the many authors who has come to campus to mentor Widener students.

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Personalized Learning

English and Creative Writing majors have an opportunity every spring to travel with faculty to the annual meeting of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs to network and to learn more about the career possibilities that lie in store for them.

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Real-World Experience

Students can gain real-world experience through various on-campus publications such as Widener Ink, a literary magazine published each spring, and The Blue Route, Widener's nationally recognized online journal of undergraduate writing. Other opportunities include internships with regional cultural institutions, the English Club, and the Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.

  • heather astorga
  • ashley babcock
  • patrick manley, jr.
heather astorga

Heather Astorga


Don’t let others make you feel studying literature or writing is impractical. The world will always need individuals who are confident expressing themselves. The skills you will develop will help you become a more empathetic and independent thinker.

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ashley babcock

Ashley Lynn Babcock


The first day that I walked into the English and creative writing suite, I knew I was where I belonged. And I was hooked. I knew I wanted to inspire students like my professors inspired me.

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patrick manley, jr.

Patrick Manley, Jr.


It's a common misconception that English majors have limited career choices. Writing and critical thinking skills are essential to business success. If you're interested in a degree in English, there will be many opportunities for you.

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10 years of The Blue Route

hear from alumni editors on the ways their work on The Blue Route prepared them for careers


Widener's online international literary magazine offers students real-world publishing experience.  Hear from alumni editors on the ways their work on The Blue Route prepared them for careers.

Potential Careers

  • Writer
  • High school teacher
  • College professor
  • Marketing specialist
  • Communications director
  • Advertising manager
  • Journalist
  • Social media coordinator
  • Lawyer

Degrees in English and creative writing put you in a great position on the job market because you can tell employers you can write, you can think critically, and you can learn new complex ideas quickly. In an ever-changing economy, these skills are always in demand.

Recent Employers

  • Elsevier Publishers
  • Fisher/Unitech
  • Art Institute of Washington
  • Legislative offices in New York and Pennsylvania
  • The Library Company
  • Bodek and Rhodes
  • Aramark
  • Liberty Tax Service