Creative Writing Minor

Overview of the Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Minor offers students the opportunity to write in multiple literary genres such as fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Our courses are designed to teach, cultivate, and inspire. Students are provided with an exciting range of coursework, from fundamentals of craft to advanced explorations of forms, techniques, and theory. Creative writing courses are conducted in a unique workshop setting where students receive feedback from one another and the professor on their creative writing projects. Students experiment with writing exercises and respond to a diverse range of contemporary literature. Creative writing courses are taught by our faculty of award-winning fiction writers, poets, and creative nonfiction writers who are committed and innovative teachers as well as active and distinguished writers in their fields. The curriculum in creative writing courses is often linked to the English department’s popular Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, which brings visiting poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction for literary readings and class visits with students.
Creative writing courses are open to minors and non-minors. Students who declare a Creative Writing Minor receive first preference in enrolling in creative writing courses in the English department during pre-registration periods.

The Creative Writing Minor has many personal and professional benefits and complements all major fields of study. Some students pursue graduate work in creative writing to write a first book and further prepare for careers in teaching, publishing, professional writing, and other fields that emphasize creativity and the literary arts. Faculty mentoring is provided to students who are interested in applying to Master of Fine Arts programs in creative writing.

Download our Brochure for Creative Writing Minor for more information.

Also see Student Opportunities, Requirements, Applying to MFA Programs, Resources and Faculty.

For more information about the Creative Writing Minor, contact the Director of Creative Writing, Amy Catanzano.

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