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Creative Writing Minor


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Program Description

The Creative Writing Minor examines emphasizes student creativity, expression, and production through intensive reading from a variety of cultural backgrounds and time periods, extensive writing and revising, and active discussion.Courses offered for the minor introduce students to the major literary genres of prose and poetry, and sharpen their writing skills.Students learn to contextualize literary styles and find their own voice within them.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the creative writing minor learn to analyze and practice major literary devices pertinent to fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction prose, and nature writing; discover the possibilities inherent in various literary genres and find their own voice within them, and develop and hone their writing skills.By the completion of the minor, students have compiled a portfolio of stories, essays, and poems.

Requirements

15 credits minimum from any of the following:

The Courses:

ENG 2254: Introduction to Fiction Writing
Designed to help students find their true voice and true concerns as writers while mastering the essentials of the art. Emphasis is on writing exercises and then complete works, but also on becoming better readers. In-depth discussion of student work, the assigned readings, and the process of writing. (Offered Fall and Spring Semester)

  • This course is approved for General Education: Unity sand Diversity of Humanity - Themes - Arts & the Human Experience.

ENG 3254: Advanced Fiction Writing
Through writing exercises, reading the work of published writers, and workshopping original manuscripts, students will work on creating a portfolio of short fiction or the first three chapters of a novel. Students will also learn how to market their work. (Offered Spring Semester)

  • Prerequisite: ENG 2254.
  • This course is approved for General Education: Unity sand Diversity of Humanity - Themes - Arts & the Human Experience.

ENG 2252: Introduction to Poetry Writing
Designed to help students develop their voices and styles as poets and to discover and utilize the various poetic devices and forms through writing exercises, reading and discussing poems, discussing one another’s poems in a supportive atmosphere and through revising poems. Offered Fall and Spring Semester.

  • This course is approved for General Education: Unity sand Diversity of Humanity - Themes - Arts & the Human Experience.

ENG 3252: Advanced Poetry Writing
Students further develop their skills as poets by studying contemporary poetry by a wide diversity of writers and writing their own poems. Emphasis will be on students developing a body of work to be edited into a chapbook. Students will give presentations over a "poet mentor," learn how to evaluate literary markets and how to submit poetry manuscripts for publication, and give a reading of their poems. (Offered Spring Semester)

  • Prerequisite: ENG 3314.
  • This course is approved for General Education: Unity sand Diversity of Humanity - Themes - Arts & the Human Experience.

ENG 3316: Creative Nonfiction Writing
Students will read and analyze published nonfiction, including essays, magazine articles, and electronic media, and experiment with form and subject matter. Genres explored will include memoir, literary journalism, and socio-political commentary. Small group workshops will help students revise and edit their own and each other's writing while learning a variety of editing skills. The emphasis of the class is on in-depth discussion of student work, the assigned readings, and the process of writing.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 1112.
  • This course is approved for General Education: Unity sand Diversity of Humanity - Themes - Arts & the Human Experience.

ENG 3332: Nature Writing
Based on reading, observation, and experience, students will write creative non-fiction prose about nature and discuss each other’s work. The course will deal with such issues as the importance of place, the role of science in personal responses to nature, the nature of Nature, and the meaning of “nonfiction” in nature writing.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 1112.
  • This course is approved for General Education: Unity sand Diversity of Humanity - Themes - Environmental, Economic, Social, and Personal Sustainability.

ENG 4416: Novel Writing
Students will read and discuss published novels and work on writing their own, critiquing and discussing one another’s work. Includes the first 3 chapters and a synopsis of the novel.

  • Prerequisite: ENG 3254 or permission from the instructor.