The RWU Creative Writing Program was one of the first such undergraduate programs established in the country. We are a community of writers: through the mentorship of experienced writers who have published novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, students in the program develop their own creative abilities and potentials. We emphasize literary work of the highest order; faculty authors with a national reputation lead classes as well as work with students on a variety of project-based learning initiatives, including the RWU-sponsored literary magazine Mount Hope, and the PEN Collaborative, an advocacy effort that has led to the release of internationally imprisoned writers persecuted for their work. Each year we bring prominent authors to campus for readings, informal discussions, and master classes with select students. The Creative Program welcomes not only majors, but also double majors and minors who feel the pull of their creative sides. The publishing-skills component of the program emphasize professional training in editing, layout, and team-buildng to help students prepare for professional careers in such diverse fields as publishing, advocacy, public relations, and journalism. Internships sponsored by the creative-writing program also help students pursue their art while learning real-world skills. Our students have interned at publishing houses, magazines and newspapers, marketing and PR offices and other professional settings.