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Creative Writing

The English program coordinates a minor in creative writing, designed for students who are considering pursuing an MFA in creative writing upon graduation. Since, at the graduate level, the MFA degree specializes in either poetry, playwriting, creative non-fiction, or fiction, students minoring in Creative Writing will be required to focus their studies on one genre (Poetry, Fiction, or Playwriting) after completing a series of introductory courses, while at the same time enrolling in elective courses related to their personal writing goals. The minor is primarily geared toward non-English majors who are considering a career in creative writing or a graduate degree (MA or MFA) in their chosen genre.

Visit the English department for more information about the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a working vocabulary for critical analysis through theoretical venues as well as in-depth study of terminology and form within creative works to develop strong critiquing skills in the workshop environment.
  • Students will produce writing competitive at a publishable level, which reflects an understanding of the creative writing genres, the business of writing, and the drafting and revision process for individual and collections of works.

Outcome Assessment Activities

The Coordinator of the Creative Writing minor reviews student portfolios and evaluates the level of performance demonstrated, tracks the placement of students in graduate programs, and keeps records of publications by students and former students, reporting the results annually.

Specific Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor

 

Courses 

Titles 

 Credits

ENG 114

Introduction to Creative Writing

3

 

 

 

One of the following courses  

3

ENG 315

Creative Writing: Poetry

 

ENG 316

Creative Writing: Fiction

 

ENG 317

Creative Nonfiction

 

ENG 318

Creative Writing: Drama

 

 

 

 

One of the following pairs, by genre

 6

Poetry

 

 

ENG 307

Poetry

 

ENG 414

Advanced Writing Workshop

 

Fiction

 

 

ENG 308

Fiction

 

ENG 414

Advanced Writing Workshop

 

Creative Nonfiction

 

 

ENG 414

Advanced Writing Workshop

 

ENG 440

Magazine Writing

 

 

OR

 

ENG 325

Nature Writing in the West

 

Playwriting

 

 

ENG 309

Drama

 

ENG 414

Advanced Writing Workshop

 

 

 

 

At least three of the following courses not used above

9

ENG 303

Adv. Comp., Rhetoric, & Grammar

 

ENG 315

Creative Writing: Poetry

 

ENG 316

Creative Writing: Fiction

 

ENG 317

Creative Nonfiction

 

ENG 318

Creative Writing: Drama

 

ENG 325

Nature Writing in the West

 

ENG 352

English Syntax and Usage

 

ENG 412

Literature for Adolescents

 

ENG 440

Magazine Writing

 

FL 100

Introduction to Comparative Linguistics

 

Honors Seminars: as approved by advisor

 

MCCNM 233

Script Writing

 

MCCNM 402

Photojournalism

 

PHIL 102

Philosophical Literature

 

PHIL 401

History of Epistemology Seminar

 

PSYCH 334

Perception

 

TH 111

Theatre Appreciation

 

 

TOTAL

21