Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two creative writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Memphis, the highest ranked school in this group with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 21,424. It is the 404th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Creative Writing students from Memphis schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 110 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $55,370. Writers and authors in this area earn $50,280/yr and there are 130 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.215 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by writers and authors, and 0.180/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 2 creative writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Memphis, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Mississippi Main Campus comes out as the most expensive ($12,621/yr) for creative writing students, with University of Memphis as the lowest, reported at only $9,332/yr.