The College of Arts & Sciences will launch a new minor in creative writing in January 2015. It is open to all undergraduate students. The new minor is an 18-credit program that offers tracks in writing prose and poetry. Its goal is to help students explore what it means to be a practicing poet and fiction writer. The minor will benefit students in any field—nursing, criminal justice, education, marketing, the humanities and the sciences—who have an interest in learning how to write more clearly and persuasively. Creative writers learn how writing can be used to express meaning and to convince and engage a reader, which are essential skills for all professions.
Students will benefit from practical engagements with writers on the faculty who are actively working as poets and fiction writers. The minor will also collaborate with the University’s Center for Irish Studies, connecting students with Ireland’s Listowel Writers’ Week and providing an important study abroad opportunity for students interested in participating in that prestigious international literary event.
The minor in creative writing is a strong addition to the University’s traditions in the visual, musical and performing arts and will help to affirm our commitment to making possible a full range of opportunities for undergraduates to engage in all avenues of artistic expression.
Students interested in creative writing should get in touch with Professor Jonas Zdanys in the English Department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A University-wide literary reading will take place in the Art & Design Gallery in the coming weeks to launch this exciting new educational opportunity.