Creative Writing

Dr. Susan Facknitz, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6110

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.



Minor Requirements  


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 412. Special Topic Seminar (when topic is appropriate)

ENG 493. Creative Nonfiction

ENG 494. Advanced Poetry Writing

ENG 495. Advanced Fiction Writing

SMAD 250. Scriptwriting (subject to availability)

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 302. Special Topics (when topic is appropriate)

ENG 412P. Special Topic: Image and Text in Art and Poetry

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

   Total Credits