For a printable version of this information, please see the Creative Writing Degree Plan.
The creative writing minor, as part of the English Department, is a rigorous immersion in the craft of literature and will assist those who wish to pursue careers in writing, editing and publishing; those who wish to teach creative writing; those who wish to study literature from the vantage point of the writer; and those who wish to augment their academic study with an emphasis on creative writing. The minor sharpens students’ writing and editing skills; introduces them to various genres; and helps them to understand the nature, process, and publication of creative writing. Additionally, the creative writing minor provides opportunities for participants to hone analytic, presentational, cognitive, and creative skills related to reading, writing, analyzing, and presenting written texts.
Students who choose to minor in creative writing will complete eighteen credits in creative writing as well as three credits in modern or contemporary literature. The course sequence is as follows:
Required course: 3 credits
Choose one of the following courses: 3 credits
Choose one of the following courses (in student’s chosen genre of emphasis): 3 credits
Required course (in student’s genre of emphasis): 3 credits
Choose two of the following courses: 6 credits
Choose one course from English department literature offerings, in appropriate genre, in consultation with Creative Writing faculty (please note that these courses do have prerequisites, and that students will be responsible for fulfilling those prerequisites on their own)
Creative writing is a unique discipline and field of study with distinctive content, goals, and methodology, but the pedagogy of teaching, its emphasis on developing the writer as well as the skill of writing, and its profound connection with established and emerging literary traditions intimately connect creative writing to the study of English language, literature, and writing in general. In many ways outcomes for creative writing courses parallel the outcomes for any rhetoric and writing course; in some ways outcomes are unique:
Knowledge of craft and discipline:
Critical reading and writing:
In each class, assessment will be accomplished through several means of evaluation, all linked to outcomes:
At the close of the advanced course for his or her chosen genre, Engl. 410, the student will present a cumulative portfolio that represents his or her creative and critical work completed during the creative writing minor, which will be evaluated according to specific criteria that reflect the outcomes. Students are expected to progress in breadth and depth as readers; in the regularity and quality of their writing; in their discipline as writers; in their understanding of terms, concepts and theory; and in their knowledge of their chosen genre of emphasis.