Minor in Creative Writing

The minor in Creative Writing provides students with a chance to pursue their passion for creative writing while engaging with a wide range of texts, ideas, and cultural works. In Creative Writing classes, students work with an active, publishing faculty. They learn by vigorous practice; by focused studies of craft; and by extensive reading, analysis and discussion of their work, as well as that of published authors.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Creative Work: Students will produce a written creative work demonstrating growth as writers.
  2. Literature: Students will read, discuss, and analyze the work of a broad range of writers from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds and explain how literature in general, and their own genre in particular, relates to the larger human experience.
  3. Craft Elements: Students will write and revise creative nonfiction, fiction, plays, and/or poetry using the elements of craft to embody their individual and universal visions as well as analyze and discuss craft elements in their peers’ work.

Minor in Creative Writing - 18 units

A minimum of 6 upper-division units are required to complete the minor.

All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Fundamentals (3 units)

Select One:

C W 301Fundamentals of Creative Writing3
C W 302Fundamentals of Creative Reading3

Craft (3 units)

Select One:

C W 511GWCraft of Poetry - GWAR3
C W 512GWCraft of Fiction - GWAR3
C W 513GWCraft of Playwriting - GWAR3

Minor Electives (12 units)

Select Four:

C W 506The Business of Creative Writing3
C W 507Writing on the Body3
C W 5083
C W 510The Creative Process3
C W 514Contemporary World Poetry3
C W 520Writers on Writing3
C W 550Poetry Center Workshop3
C W 600Special Topics in Writing3
C W 602Playwriting3
C W 603Short Story Writing3
C W 604Poetry Writing3
C W 605Writing and Performing Monologues3
C W 606Art of Revision: from Draft to Manuscript3
C W 609Directed Writing for B.A. Students3
C W 640Transfer Literary Magazine3