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Creative Writing focuses on writing poetry, fiction, or drama. This major is perfect for students who love to write and who do so no matter what. Many creative writing students double major in creative writing and another area, like professional writing.

Most Creative Writing majors and minors want to have creative writing as a component of their future. As a creative writing major, you’ll learn many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, and more. Other students plan to attend graduate school to hone their skills and further develop their art.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

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Transfer to Creative Writing

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria , as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

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Harness the power of words..

Whether you’re reading them, writing them, studying them, analyzing them, or saying them, you cannot escape words. So why not embrace them? 

Creative Writing Minor

Storytelling is important in many different ways. It opens minds, it educates, it inspires, it makes the world a more beautiful and interesting place, and it’s a highly transferable skill. With a creative writing minor, you’ll get to share your stories and pick your specialty in either fiction or poetry.

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Program: Minor Department of English and Linguistics College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 145 ~ 260-481-6841 ~ ipfw.edu/engl This program is available to all IPFW students except those pursuing the communication media, teacher-certification, or writing concentration with a major in English. You may earn the minor by completing the following credits with a grade of C- or better in each course.  At least 6 credits must be earned as resident credit at the 200 level or above.

You may contact the Department of English and Linguistics or your primary advisor/major advisor to declare this minor.

Program Requirements

  • One additional writing course at the 300 level or above:  3 Credits
  • One additional course in the classics, comparative literature, English (except ENG W130, W131, W135, W233), film, folklore, or linguistics; or COM 436 or THTR 376:  3 Credits
  • ENG W203 - Creative Writing Cr. 3.

One of the following: Credits: 3

  • ENG W301 - Writing Fiction Cr. 3.
  • ENG W303 - Writing Poetry Cr. 3.

One of the following Credits: 3

  • ENG W401 - Advanced Fiction Writing Cr. 3.
  • ENG W403 - Advanced Poetry Writing Cr. 3.

Total Credits: 15

Department of English College of Liberal Arts

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Creative Writing

The MFA Program is being phased out, terminating in Spring 2024. Thus, we are not accepting new graduate students.

Our undergraduate Creative Writing majors and minors continue to thrive, as you can read about here .  Below is a testament of the high caliber of its faculty, graduate students, and curriculum.

Check out the successes of our alumni and current students here .

Program: Minor Department of English and Linguistics College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 145 ~ 260-481-6841 ~ www.ipfw.edu/engl This program is available to all IPFW students except those pursuing the communication media, teacher-certification, or writing concentration with a major in English.

You may earn the minor by completing the following 15 credits, including at least 8 credits earned as resident credit at IPFW, with a grade of C or better in each course.

Program Requirements

  • One additional writing course, 300 level or above Credits: 3
  • One additional course in classics, comparative literature, English, (except ENG W130, W131, W135, W233), film, folklore, or linguistics; or COM 436 or THTR 376 Credits: 3
  • ENG W203 - Creative Writing Cr. 3.

One of the following: Credits: 3

  • ENG W301 - Writing Fiction Cr. 3.
  • ENG W303 - Writing Poetry Cr. 3.

One of the following Credits: 3

  • ENG W401 - Advanced Fiction Writing Cr. 3.
  • ENG W403 - Advanced Poetry Writing Cr. 3.

Total Credits: 15

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Creative Writing Minor

We all have stories to tell. Salisbury University’s Creating Writing Program attracts an array of diverse students from across campus: from economics, biology and nursing to computer science, art and conflict resolution. In our program, you’ll learn craft mechanics, workshop mechanics, editing and publishing practices, and live reading as you explore a wide range of opportunities that allow you to grow as a writer and person.

Why Choose a Creative Writing Minor at Salisbury University?

Have you ever dreamed of publishing your work? How about as an undergraduate student? At SU, it’s not just possible – it’s a reality! Students of SU’s Creative Writing Program have many opportunities to earn real-world experience. They publish their writing in national journals, present their work at academic conferences and give readings across the country.

Is creative writing a good minor? With many resources and facilities to foster growth in the arts, students of the Creative Writing Program become part of a creative community that extends beyond the classroom. Our students have opportunities to meet published creative writers and well-known critics through SU’s Writers on the Shore  public reading series. Students can gain editorial and publishing experience through work on the Scarab literary magazine . SU is also home to Literature/Film Quarterly (https://lfq.salisbury.edu/), the longest standing international journal devoted to the study of adaptation.

Small class sizes at SU allow students to have one-on-one interaction with well-published faculty members, who offer hands-on critical evaluation and help students explore regional, national and international opportunities. With a workshop-based curriculum where students share their writing, our classes also offer an opportunity to grow with a cohort of peer authors who know each other’s work intimately.

The success of our students proves that the opportunities we offer are without compare. SU graduate Emma DePanise won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals Award in 2019 and the prestigious Pablo Neruda Prize in 2018. Undergraduate student creative work has appeared in such national literary journals as Ninth Letter , Fugue , Quarterly West , AGNI and Puerto del Sol . Former creative writing majors are pursuing graduate studies at George Mason University, New Mexico State University, University of Toronto, Georgia State, University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Purdue University. No matter what your interests, SU’s Creative Writing Program is the perfect starting off point for your creative career.

I treat every piece by every student like they mean to work it into publishable form one day. My philosophy is simple: never underestimate how good someone can be if they are willing to work for it.

Learn More About Our Creative Writing Program

Learn about our robust course offerings .

Visit our catalog to see the requirements for this minor:

Learn more about the Department of English , including our faculty, in-depth program information and student resources.

At the University Writing Center , we offer a place where you can meet with trained peer consultants to work on your papers and projects at any stage of the writing process.

Course Requirements (15 Credits)

  • 2.5 GPA Minimum in the Minor
  • No Credit Hours for the Minor may be taken Pass/No Pass

Required Courses (12 Credits)

  • ENGL 20500 - Introduction To Creative Writing
  • ENGL 30502 - Creative Writing As A Profession
  • ENGL 44300 - Intermediate Creative Writing*

* variable topics course, to be taken twice for credit

Public Writing, Rhetoric, and Writing for Interactive Media Electives (3 Credits)

Choose One:

  • ENGL 34400 - Environmental Ethics, Policy, And Sustainability
  • ENGL 42501 - Writing For New Media
  • ENGL 42601 - Writing For Social Media **
  • ENGL 42800 - Special Topics In Writing
  • ENGL 43100 - Web Usability: Writing And Reading On The Web **
  • ENGL 43300 - Writing Proposals And Grants
  • ENGL 43500 - Topics In Writing For Interactive Digital Media
  • ENGL 43700 - Writing For Video Games **
  • ENGL 43800 - Games And Gamification
  • ENGL 47000 - Advanced Topics in Rhetorical Studies
  • ENGL 48000 - Internship In Writing

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