About this program
The Creative Writing program at Metropolitan State University is one of the richest and most diverse in the nation. Both our B.A. and minor in Creative Writing include workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, and creative non-fiction; in writing children's literature, writing very short creative works, writing humor, writing the graphic novel, writing for publication and profit, and advanced creative writing. As a creative writing student at Metropolitan State, you will gain experience in drafting, analyzing, and editing creative works of writing.
Our stellar faculty is award-winning, widely published literary artists whose joy in both teaching and writing is infectious. Metropolitan State's creative writing curriculum challenges students with the delights and hard work required to write 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.
The program invites you to learn from instructors who are highly accomplished practitioners and excellent teachers. Faculty in the creative writing program are accomplished writers of national prominence. Author accolades include:
- a #1 New York Times Bestseller,
- a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize,
- a Today Show Book Club pick,
- the Geisel medal,
- a Christopher Award,
- an American Book Award,
- a PEN/Open Book Award,
- an Asian American Literary Award (Members' Choice),
- two Loft-McKnight Awards, several Minnesota State Book Awards, and
- several American Library Association Awards.
- Develop your writing skills to express your thoughts and feelings in an imaginative way.
- Learn the craft and art of creative writing from master writer-teachers.
- Read, draft and revise fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and children's writing.
- Nurture and hone your talent in the company of equally devoted students and teachers.
- Learn how to write creatively for multiple audiences and in multiple genres.
- Develop the ability to read critically; learn how to analyze and edit your own and others' work.
- Gain valuable experience in the world of publishing, both as writer and editor, by working on Haute Dish, Metropolitan State's award-winning online literary magazine.
Creative Writers such as novelists, poets, and short story writers are usually self-directed and self-disciplined artists. However, excellent writing skills are valuable in other writing-intensive work such as editing, grant writing, multimedia writing, employee communications, and speech writing.