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Creative Writing Minor

Students receiving a minor in Creative Writing will successfully complete at least six CRWR courses in a staged sequence (introduction, intermediate, advanced courses and, for some students, the yearlong intensive Kidd Workshop sequence).

The backbone of the Creative Writing minor is a progressive sequence of writing classes/workshops:  intro, intermediate and advanced courses in poetry and fiction. Additional course offerings may include literature for poets/fiction writers, advanced fiction and poetry seminars, and nonfiction workshops. Together your six minor courses will give you a broad range of experience in approaches to writing fiction and poetry. The table below shows the requirements—and flexibility—of our minor sequence.  Students complete the minor with a varying array of courses, selected according to their own interests.

In addition, all students in our Creative Writing courses are invited to our visiting writer events—a fiction and poetry craft talk and reading each term. Recent visitors have included Robin Coste-Lewis, Mia Alvar, Mary Jo Salter, Andre Dubus III, Charles Wright and many others.

Alongside major degrees in English or History, Romance Languages or Psychology, a minor in Creative Writing will signal students’ expertise in written expression and imaginative thinking no matter what field they enter after graduation. For those interested in pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing, the CRWR Minor will offer a significant credential of their focused study in poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction in the undergraduate curriculum.

In order to be eligible for the Minor, students must complete all degree requirements and a major in another academic department.

24 credit hours from the following (2 courses at each level)*


CRWR 230: Intro to Poetry Writing
and CRWR 240: Intro to Fiction Writing
……or CRWR 244: Intro to Creative Nonfiction


CRWR 330: Interm Poetry Writing (R)
CRWR 340: Interm Fiction Writing (R)
CRWR 399: Reading Poems / Reading Fiction


CRWR 407: Adv Poetry Seminar (R)
CRWR 407: Adv Fiction Seminar (R)
CRWR 413: Lit for Poets (R)
CRWR 414: Lit for Fiction Writers (R)
CRWR 435: Adv Poetry Workshop (R)
CRWR 445: Adv Fiction Workshop (R)

(R) = repeatable

* Kidd Workshops — Students completing the Kidd Workshops (our by-application–only yearlong intensive writing sequence) will receive credit toward the minor for three courses: two introductory and one intermediate.

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