Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing (25 credits)

Introduction/What is the Study of Creative Writing?

The Creative Writing minor focuses on writing courses: creative writing in fiction, drama, poetry, or nonfiction prose.

Why Consider a Creative Writing Minor?

Creative writing minors develop skills in creative thought and expression through study and practice of the craft of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama. Students participate in both the critical analysis and creative practice of writing, gaining widely-applicable experience in self-expression, artistic technique, and modes of communication.

Sample Careers

Freelance writer | Web content writer | Editor/Publisher | Writing Teacher | Video game writer/designer | Ghostwriter

Requirements

Choose 4 from the following list including work in at least 2 genres:

  • Fiction:
    • ENG 351 Introduction to Fiction Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 101)
    • ENG 451 Creative Writing Seminar: Fiction (5) (prereq: ENG 351)
    • ENG 456 Special Topics in Fiction Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 351)
  • Nonfiction:
    • ENG 354 Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 101)
    • ENG 454 CW Seminar: Creative Nonfiction (5) (prereq: ENG 354)
    • ENG 458 Special Topics in Creative Nonfiction Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 354)
  • Poetry:
    • ENG 353 Introduction to Poetry Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 101)
    • ENG 453 Creative Writing Seminar: Poetry (5) (prereq: ENG 353)
    • ENG 457 Special Topics in Poetry Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 353)
  • Dramatic Writing
    • THTR 384 Introduction to Dramatic Writing (4) (prereq: written instructor permission)
    • THTR 485 Dramatic Writing Workshop (4 ) (prereq: THTR 384 or 385 & written instructor permission)
  • Scriptwriting:
    • FAIR 354v Scriptwriting Workshop I (4) (prereq: previous course work or experience with creative writing, or instructor permission)
    • FAIR 454y Scriptwriting Workshop II (4) (prereq: Fair 354v, previous 300-level work in scriptwriting in any medium, or instructor permission)
  • Screenwriting:
    • ENG 466 Screenwriting (5) (prereq: 1 from ENG 364, 350, 351, 353, or 354). ENG 497 (Screenwriting) is now ENG 466 (Screenwriting). Students who took the class as 497 will get credit toward the minor.
  • Multigenre:
    • ENG 350 Introduction to Creative Writing (5) (prereq: ENG 101)
    • ENG 455 Living Writers (5) (prereq: ENG 351, 353, or 354)
    • ENG 460 Multigenre (5) (prereq: ENG 351, 353, or 354)
  • Editing & Publishing
    • ENG 459 Editing and Publishing (5) (prereq: ENG 351, 353, or 354)

Choose 1 literature elective under advisement (please check with the Creative Writing Advisor) such as:

  • ENG 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 313, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 331, 332*, 333, 334*, 335*, 336*, 338*, 339, 341, 342, 347, 364*, 365*, 370, 371, 401, 406, 408, 410, 415, 418, 423, 427, 442, or 464*

*not major-restricted

 

Interested in declaring an English major or minor? Please see the Advising section's page on declaring a major or minor for more information.

Declaring this minor will not give you access to major-restricted classes. Major restrictions are usually lifted on the 6th day of registration each quarter. Courses taken for credit in minor programs may not be counted toward English majors.