Program Coordinator: Amber Flora Thomas (2125 Bate Building; 252-328-1396; firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Creative Writing Minor provides a solid background in appreciating and writing original creative work in four principal genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and play/scriptwriting. The minor also incorporates the study of literature and other disciplines to provide students with the foundations needed to become successful and resourceful readers, intellectuals in various disciplines, and creative writers. Students learn how to read closely as writers and to engage successfully in the practice of literary writing.
This interdisciplinary minor also provides students an overview of the precedents established by writers of many eras, continents, ethnicities, and sensibilities. Students will learn how to analyze, appreciate, and create the components that comprise works of literature.
By creating their own works of literature, student writers should be able to apply what they have learned about the elements of literature to their own work and discover which genres of creative writing they wish to pursue further.
Because undergraduate creative writing students are not expected to specialize in a single genre, the minor requires in its core one 2000-level introductory workshop that exposes students to all the four genres, as well as a minimum of two 3000-level genre-specific workshops, and one 4000-level genre-specific advanced workshop.
Semester hours that count toward the student’s major may not count towards the creative writing minor. Other appropriate courses, including special topic courses (when the theme is relevant), 5000-level courses, and directed readings may be considered for inclusion as electives upon review by the coordinator.
Visit Department of English Undergraduate Minors for more information.
The minor requires 18 s.h. as follows: