Virginia Beach, VA (population: 439,564) has two creative writing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University). To learn more about creative writing programs in Virginia Beach, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of creative writing professors at Virginia Commonwealth University such as Elizabeth Hodges, Mary Mullins, Janet Newland, Victoria Pallo, and Vicki Willis.
Creative Writing students from Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area alone, there are 440 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $68,560. Writers and authors in this area earn $53,060/yr and there are 220 employed.
Virginia Beach lies in Virginia Beach county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News-NC area has 735,390 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $19.28/hr average worker wage, and a $40,100 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.306 out of every 1000 jobs in Virginia Beach are held by writers and authors, and 0.600/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 2 creative writing schools with a 100-mile radius of Virginia Beach, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr) for creative writing students, with Old Dominion University as the lowest, reported at only $10,173/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Virginia Beach|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||35.1 miles|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||90.3 miles|