Creative Writing emphasizes the vital connection between thoughtful reading and the craft of writing, and offers a unique approach to the study of both writing and literature that focuses on both creative and the critical approaches.
This program allows students to explore their interests in writing, along with developing critical thinking and evaluative skills—all while emphasizing the creative problem-solving skills required in today's work environment.
How Will This Minor Help Me Personally?
Creative Writing provides students with the opportunity to explore writing in ways that no other discipline can. Students in Creative Writing can choose to focus on prose fiction, poetry or a combination of the two. Depending on instructor expertise and availability, students may also be able to explore additional genres, such as drama, screenplay/teleplay and graphic novel. Many of our students are already producing significant work their chosen genre(s), while others are only beginning to explore their interest in producing creative works, and this fits nicely with focus of curriculum on developing student writers regardless of their level of experience.
How Will This Minor Help Me Professionally?
Even if students are not interested in "the writer's life," Creative Writing can make them more thoughtful and insightful. As more professions come to value "outside the box" creative and critical thinking, systems analysis and problem-solving skills, the addition of a minor or certificate in Creative Writing can help to distinguish candidates for professional positions over those with more "run of the mill" academic transcripts.
How Will This Minor Help Me Academically?
Many students enjoy writing and want to try their hand at it in a safe, supportive academic setting. Other students will find it advisable to participate in the Creative Writing program as a complement to their major program(s), to improve their creative and critical thinking, to enhance their problem-solving skills, as well as to expand the range of their academic experience. Creative Writers come from all walks of life, and whether students pursue writing as a passion or simply wish to "try their hand" at writing creatively, a minor or certificate can broaden a student both personally and intellectually in ways that may carry over to a variety of fields or endeavors.
Why Choose This Minor?
Whether students simply wish to enroll in the courses or pursue a minor or certificate, Creative Writing provides a unique opportunity for students to distinguish themselves while learning marketable skills. With many of our students today focused on programs that emphasize career preparation, a minor or certificate in Creative Writing provide students an additional marketable skill, as well as show a potential employer he or she is a uniquely well-rounded individual with honed, real-world problem-solving skills.
For More Information
Deirdre Fagan, DA
Associate Professor, Creative Writing Coordinator
Department of English, Literature, and World Languages
Phone: (231) 591-3031
Email: [email protected]
Office: ASC 3044