The Creative Writing Minor allows students to pursue creative writing– fiction, poetry, and nonfiction–within the larger context of academic study. The program provides students with the opportunity to study craft, editing, revision, and literature within a structured curriculum and with published writers. Students develop as creative and critical thinkers by experimenting with ways to express themselves and by rigorously honing their writing and reading abilities. Classes are interactive, and faculty work closely with students.
The Minor requires 18 hours. The core consists of four courses: the introduction to creative writing, two genre courses chosen from fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; and a capstone course in advanced creative writing. In addition, students choose two electives from creative writing or literature courses.
Students should enroll in English 205: Introduction to Creative Writing as early as possible in order to complete the sequence of courses. Students are encouraged to request Prof. Laura Marello or Dr. Laura Long as an Academic Advisor for the Minor.
English majors may count nine hours of English course credit toward this Minor.
Study in creative writing is part of the English Department.
- Students meet visiting authors through the Thornton Writing Program
- Help edit the College literary magazine The Prism
- The Department presents five annual awards for excellence in creative writing
Our students have participated in poetry slams, open mics, and creative writing readings on campus and downtown, in addition to creative writing conferences in other states and abroad, such as the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
While the study of creative writing enhances abilities that are key to many professional activities, our program also successfully prepares students who choose to pursue graduate work in creative writing. Our graduates have been accepted into MFA programs at Bennington College, George Mason University, Hollins University, Swarthmore, University of Arkansas, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Virginia Commonwealth University, and others. One such alumna is Erika Carter, author of the 2017 novel Lucky You. You can read a mini-interview with her at the Rumpus website.