Program Overview

The Creative Writing minor offers students experience in drafting, analyzing, and editing creative works of writing. Students in the minor may take classes in fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, writing children's literature, writing very short creative works, writing humor, writing for publication and profit, and advanced creative writing. The Creative Writing minor provides a familiarity with the joys and challenges of the art of writing imaginatively, including developing an individual writing process, setting writing goals, understanding the opportunities available in print and electronic media, and leading a life made richer by the literary arts.

Students must complete a total of 19 credits.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 19 total credits)

Creative Writing Required Courses (3 credits)

  • WRIT 251 Introduction to Creative Writing
    3 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the elements of writing short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Students learn a variety of approaches to creative writing in a cooperative class environment.

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Creative Writing Electives (16 credits)

  • MDST 520 Digital Storytelling
    4 credits

    Digital storytelling is a growing area of multimodal communication that is part of a larger movement to empower communities and voices through the use of digital tools and platforms. Digital stories are short videos that combine narration, images (still and moving), sound effects, and music to tell a compelling story. Students will create two digital stories: a personal story and a story that promotes a cause or organization (e.g., a Kickstarter-style video). The process will include multiple rough cuts and a final version of each video, as well as extensive instructor and peer feedback.

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  • WRIT 324 Topics in Writing
    4 credits

    Topics courses deal with special issues or areas of interest in writing fiction, nonfiction or criticism. Topics and instructors vary. Check the Class Schedule for current offerings. Prerequisite: A 200- or 300-level writing course or instructor's consent.

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  • WRIT 352 Writing Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
    4 credits

    This course focuses on writing memoir as well as specialized nonfiction genres such as biography, and nature or travel writing. Students read and discuss pieces by professional writers, learn to create and revise their own work, and comment on each others' writing. This course may be repeated for credit.

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  • WRIT 353 Writing Short Fiction
    4 credits

    Drawing on student ideas and experiences, this course develops the craft of short fiction writing in a workshop setting. Students read each other's work and explore the conventions of the short story. This course may be repeated for credit.

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  • WRIT 354 Writing Poetry
    4 credits

    In this course, students read and discuss poetry, learn the conventions of poetry writing, read each other's work and explore their own creative processes. This course may be repeated for credit.

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  • WRIT 355 Writing Children's Literature
    4 credits

    This class offers an introduction to writing children's literature in the genres of picture book, fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a workshop environment. Students examine works of guest authors and critique both published and student writings. Through activities and assignments, students have the opportunity to develop the unique craft and vision required to write quality children's literature. This course may be repeated for credit.

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  • WRIT 356 Writing Humor
    4 credits

    This course is a serious inquiry into what's funny, how to write that way and how to say something important in the process. Each writer will focus on developing an idea of serious purpose and conveying that purpose through the use of humor. All genres are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit.

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  • WRIT 357 Writers as Readers
    4 credits

    This workshop course emphasizes the union of reading and creative writing. Good creative writers need to understand literature from the writer's perspective. They also need a comprehensive background in the various genres of literature and must be able to discuss, critique and identify the basic components of imaginative writing. This course focuses on tone, style, diction and author's voice through the students' own writing and through the readings of others.

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  • WRIT 358 1000 Words or Less
    4 credits

    Writing Short Creative Works is a multi-genre workshop designed for creative writers who wish to work exclusively on very short pieces. Students will deepen their knowledge of the general craft of writing, expand their personal writing horizons by writing outside familiar genres, and work intensively on drafting and revising short works. The range of writings possible in this class include poems, prose poems, personal essays, sudden fiction, humor writing, short-short memoirs and creative non-fiction, and other genre-defying work. This course may be repeated for credit.

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  • WRIT 359 Boot Camp: Creative Writing for Non-Majors
    4 credits

    This class is a hands-on workshop that explores, explains and discusses all the essential aspects of craft employed in the writing of poetry, short fiction, short memoir and other, less easily-definable works of short creative writing. Character development, point of view, tense, dialogue, chronology, voice, narrative arc, pacing, tension within both scenes and an overall narrative, creative use of language, and all basic literary terms will be covered, with the goal of helping students tell a compelling story no matter the genre.

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  • WRIT 481 Advanced Creative Writing
    0 credits

    This advanced workshop provides students with the opportunity to develop and refine works of fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry. Open to all advanced creative writing students. Those who are nearing graduation who take this course to fulfill the capstone portfolio requirement for the writing major must register for five credits. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Two 300-level creative writing courses or instructor's consent.

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Creative Writing Electives

Only one course from below can be counted towards Electives

  • SCRW 313 Beginning Screenwriting
    4 credits

    The process of writing narrative screenplays will be introduced through writing exercises, screenplay readings, film viewings and discussion. Writing exercises will explore creativity, individual voice and practical skills. Writing in screenplay format will also be covered. Students will finish with at least one complete short screenplay ready for production. This course provides a foundation for further study in screenwriting.

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  • SCRW 314 New Screenplay Forms
    4 credits

    Through writing exercises and screenwriting assignments students will explore and practice writing in a variety of forms including adaptations, webisodes, scripted series, or other emerging episodic forms. Films and screenplays will be analyzed and discussed for critical and historical perspectives. Professional development opportunities will be introduced.

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  • SCRW 415 Advanced Screenwriting
    4 credits

    This course investigates the dramatic essence, creative demands, and craft of feature length screenwriting. Originality and distinctive voice will be analyzed and explored through readings and writing exercises. Students will write a rough draft feature length screenplay. Films and screenplays will be analyzed and discussed for critical and historical perspectives. Professional development opportunities will be presented.

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  • THEA 400 Playwriting I
    4 credits

    Writing for the spoken word and for acting demands different skills than writing for the page. Develop your ear, your signature of voice, your sense of subtext. Through a variety of approaches, from improvisation to creative autobiography, students explore character, conflict and drama as metaphor. Writers with material they would like to explore or adapt for the stage are welcome. Expect to complete at least one short play.

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  • THEA 587 Playwriting II
    0 credits

    From the well-made play to theater with a social conscience, this course uses a workshop approach to further explore and challenge the playwright's "voice" through a professional process of discussion, analysis, work with a director and rewriting. Students may explore a variety of subjects and styles or expand upon projects in progress. This class may be taken as an independent study with instructor's consent.

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