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Creative Writing Schools In Illinois

In Illinois, there are 11 accredited schools where creative writing classes faculty can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in creative writing in the state of Illinois, which encompasses creative writing training at the following levels:


  1. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    36 S Wabash, Chicago, Illinois 60603

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Chicago State University

    9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Columbia College Chicago

    600 South Michigan, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. DePaul University

    55 E Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60604

    132 U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    601 E John Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820-5711

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  6. Knox College

    2 E South St, Galesburg, Illinois 61401-9999

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  7. Millikin University

    1184 W Main St, Decatur, Illinois 62522-2084

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  8. North Central College

    30 N Brainard St, Naperville, Illinois 60540

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  9. Northwestern University

    633 Clark St, Evanston, Illinois 60208

    12 U.S. News National University Ranking
  10. Roosevelt University

    430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605-1394

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  11. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Illinois Vs. National Creative Writing Employment

Illinois 1,700
National 40,980

Of all of the creative writing professionals in the country, nearly 4% are in the state of Illinois.

Employment Growth for Creative writing professionals In Illinois

1,370 1,290 1,370 1,720 1,700
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

Creative Writing is a growing field in Illinois. In Illinois, 330 more creative writing professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, in Illinois, this field has grown by 24% in four years. This growth is faster than the change in the number of creative writing professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of creative writing professionals has shrunk by 5% from 2006 to 2010.

Creative Writing VS. All Professions salaries in Illinois

$52,600 $59,060 $61,060 $62,990 $61,090
$46,261 $48,114 $49,602 $50,552 $51,250
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Creative Writing
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to creative writing professionals are growing in Illinois. The mean salary for creative writing professionals in 2006 was $52,600 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $61,090 per year.

Salary percentiles for Creative writing professionals in Illinois

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

This represents a 14% growth in salaries. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. There is a 277% pay differential between the highest paid creative writing professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of creative writing in Illinois.

Average Salaries for Creative writing professionals and related professions in Illinois

Creative Writing

In Illinois, creative writing professionals earn, on average, more than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Creative Writing programs available for each degree type for all schools in Illinois


The number of students graduating from the 11 accredited creative writing schools in Illinois is decreasing. In 2006, 241 students graduated from creative writing courses in Illinois. And in 2010, 241 students graduated.

This represents a 0% decrease in the number of creative writing degree or certificate school graduates in Illinois state. 53% of these graduates received an master's degree in creative writing.

Creative Writing Faculty Salaries in Illinois

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