The minor in Creative Writing is designed to allow students to combine their major fields of study with a sequence of creative writing workshops and elective writing courses that will improve reading, writing, storytelling, listening, speaking, and creative problem-solving skills. The minor in Creative Writing is of interest to students who realize the great importance of writing and story in all arts and media disciplines, as well as most careers.
As a result of successfully completing the Creative Writing Minor requirements, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a familiarity with the common language of the discipline of creative writing;
- use a variety of narrative techniques, written forms, and revision strategies to create effective creative writing;
- demonstrate a familiarity with how open creative writing is to new modes of expression;
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between effective reading and effective writing;
- perform reasonably close readings of works of creative writing by 1) analyzing relevant literary elements (narrative techniques, themes, forms/subgenres, stylistic choices, or other literary devices common to creative writing), and 2) making appropriate reference to relevant texts and contexts;
- demonstrate a meaningful ability to participate in contemporary conversations on social and cultural change;
- demonstrate knowledge of the literary marketplace and processes crucial to publishing their creative writing; and
- apply creative problem-solving, effective written and oral communications, and critical thinking to their preparation for graduate studies, writing-related careers, and other professions.