Why should I minor in Creative Writing?
The 18-credit minor offers tracks in writing prose and poetry. Its goal is to help students explore what it means to be a practicing poet and fiction writer. The minor benefits students in any field – nursing, criminal justice, education, marketing, the humanities and the sciences – who have an interest in learning how to write more clearly and persuasively, because creative writers learn how writing can be used to express meaning and to convince and engage a reader. These are essential skills for all professions.
Students benefit from practical engagements with writers on the faculty who are actively working as poets and fiction writers, learning how aesthetic texts are created in fact and not only in theory. The minor also collaborates with the University’s Center for Irish Studies, connecting students with Ireland’s Listowel Writers' Week and providing an important study abroad opportunity for students interested in participating in that prestigious international literary event.
The minor in Creative Writing is a strong addition to the University’s wonderful traditions in the visual, musical, and performing arts and will help to affirm our commitment to making possible a full range of opportunities for undergraduates to engage in all avenues of artistic expression.
When should I declare this minor?
Because the Creative Writing minor requires Introduction to Creative Writing as the first course, followed by courses within a prose track or a poetry track, it would be best to begin taking offered courses in your freshman or sophomore year. Declaring your intention to minor in Creative Writing could take place during your sophomore year to ensure that all of the courses can be completed before graduation.