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Ms. Laurie Kutchins
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Creative Writing

The cross disciplinary 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

Courses Credit Hours
Select four or five courses from the offerings of 12-15
at least one academic unit:  
     ENG 391. Introduction to Creative Writing – Nonfiction  
     ENG 392. Introduction to Creative Writing – Poetry  
     ENG 393. Introduction to Creative Writing – Fiction  
     ENG 493. Advanced Creative Nonfiction  
     ENG 494. Advanced Poetry Writing  
     ENG 495. Advanced Fiction Writing  
     SMAD 250. Scriptwriting (subject to availability)  
     SMAD 251. Screenplay Writing  
     SMAD 311. Feature Writing  
     SMAD 340. Advanced Screenplay Writing  
     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: 3-6
     ENG 302. Special Topics (when topic is appropriate)  
     ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar (when topic is appropriate)  
     ENG 483. Narrative Form  
     ENG 484. Poetic Craft and Creativity  
     ENG 496. Advanced Topics in Creative Writing  
     SMAD 373. Media Analysis and Criticism  
     SMAD 463. Film Adaptations  
     THEA 481. Theory and Performance Studies