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Creative Writing Minor

Ms. Laurie Kutchins, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3756
E-mail: kutchill@jmu.edu

The interdisciplinary minor in creative writing is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their writing talents across a number of literary forms and communication contexts. By developing course selections in poetry, fiction and non-fiction matched with those in stage and screenplay writing, students may tailor the program to suit a variety of artistic goals and professional objectives. The choice of at least one course from a group involving literary analysis and media criticism ensures perspective on current issues affecting readers and viewers, writers and their creative works.

The minimum requirement for a minor in creative writing is 18 hours. Two courses may be double-counted between the minor and the major. Students electing this minor may acquire more information from
the creative writing adviser of the Department of English, the School of Media Arts and Design, or the School of Theatre and Dance.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Select four or five courses from the offerings of at least two departments:

ENG 392. Introduction to Creative Writing – Poetry
ENG 393. Introduction to Creative Writing – Fiction
ENG 493. Creative Nonfiction
ENG 494. Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG 495. Advanced Fiction Writing
SMAD 250. Scriptwriting (subject to availability)
SMAD 251. Screenwriting
SMAD 311. Feature Writing
SMAD 340. Advanced Screenwriting
SMAD 498. Senior Seminar (when topic is appropriate)
THEA 347. Playwriting (may be taken as ENG 347)
THEA 440. Seminar in Theatre (when topic is appropriate)

Select one or two courses from the following:

ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar: Image and Text in Art and Poetry or Growing Up Hyphenated
ENG 483. Narrative Theory
ENG 484. Poetic Craft and Creativity
SMAD 373. Media Analysis and Criticism
SMAD 463. Film Adaptations
THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies