Creative Writing, Minor

Program Code: CWRIT_UMNR

Program Description

This minor offers students not majoring in English the opportunity to explore different forms of creative writing--fiction, poetry, and nonfiction--or to focus primarily on one of them. Students receive instruction and practice the art and craft of writing in small, workshop courses.

What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing is a liberal arts discipline concerned with the practice of literary art, the life of the imagination, and the capacities of language. Creative writing students analyze masterworks of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction from different periods and cultures; compose their own original works; develop editing and communication skills; and explore the world of contemporary publishing.

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The qualities we encourage in our students prepare them to be dynamic employees who are creative thinkers and problem-solvers. Many of our students have gone on to careers as published writers, novelists, poets, essayists, short story writers, and writers of young adult literature. Other students find they are well prepared for careers in writing for the media, business, public and private foundations, and government. Higher and secondary education careers have been popular choices as well. Our students often pursue advanced degrees in fields such as creative writing, literature, law, psychology, linguistics, and ethnic and gender studies.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

Some courses may require prerequisites.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits of introductory-level courses (200-level) from the following:9
Introduction to Fiction Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Poetry Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to General Nonfiction Writing
Television Script Writing
Select 9 credits of advanced-level writing workshop courses (400-level) from the following:9
Studies in Genre
Honors Seminar in English: Creative Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing
Biographical Writing
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Fiction Workshop
Creative Writing and the Natural World
ENGL 425
New Media and Literature
The American Short Story
American Fiction Since 1945
The Poet in America
American Nonfiction Prose
The World Novel in English

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Tom Noyes, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Creative Writing
170 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563


Maggie Gerrity, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building, W355
Middletown, PA 17057


University Park

434 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802


170 Kochel Center
Erie, PA 16563


Olmsted Building, W356
Middletown, PA 17057