Creative Writing (Minor)

Creative Writing (Minor)

digital arts

Focused on interdisciplinarity and multimedia literary art, for those wishing to become “creatives” in the digital age

The Creative Writing Minor is a course of study tailored to the interests of individual creative writers, with an additional focus, in all classes, on oral and written persuasion, imaginative and critical thinking, and collaboration with creative peers. The aim of the Minor is to help students develop a unique approach to language that results in memorable, publishable work. Students are free to author work in any of 36 genres of creative writing, and are encouraged to innovate, experiment, and cross genre lines at will. Because our program is especially focused on interdisciplinarity and multimedia literary art, it is well-suited to those wishing to become “creatives” in the digital age. Even students who do not intend to publish their work will find that the skills developed through the Minor—including literacies in everything from print to virtual reality, from visual narrative to augmented virtuality—are useful in any profession where creativity and entrepreneurial ingenuity are valued.

Classes in the Creative Writing Minor prize innovation, experimentation, individuality, and creative daring across genres and media, and emphasize collaboration and conceptual reasoning far more than is common in many creative writing courses. A central presumption of the Creative Writing Minor is that the most engaging literary art is reflexive—meaning that not only is there a philosophy of language animating it, but also that its author has drawn from all his or her non-literary interests in developing that philosophy. For this reason, undergraduates in STEM programs are particularly encouraged to study in the Minor; they bring the way they speak, write, and reason in their non-creative writing courses into all of the workshops and theory seminars in this plan of study as well.

The director of the Creative Writing minor, Professor Seth Abramson, is the author of many books of cross-genre creative writing and the series editor for Best American Experimental Writing, an annual anthology of experimental poetry and prose published annually by Wesleyan University Press and sponsored by the Digital Language Arts program at University of New Hampshire.

Curriculum & Requirements

Students must complete 20 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in these courses overall and with no individual grade lower than a C-. No more than 8 transfer credits will be accepted.

Workshop Course 14
Select one of the following:
ENGL 501
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 503
Persuasive Writing
ENGL 526
Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGL 527
Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 595
Literary Topics (Digital Creative Writing)
ENGL 623
Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 625
Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop
ENGL 627
Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop
ENGL 694
Special Topics in Creative Writing
ENGL 701
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
ENGL #703
Travel Writing
ENGL #705
Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
CA 450
Introduction to Public Speaking
CA 500
Media Writing
CA 512
Screenwriting
CA 519
Advanced Screenwriting
Literature & Theory Course 24
Select one of the following:
ENGL #531
Introduction to Drama: How to Read a Play
ENGL 693
Special Topics in Literature
ENGL 711
Editing
ENGL 787
English Major Seminar
ENGL 795
Independent Study
CA 610
Communication Technologies and Culture
CA 612
Narrative
CA 618
Documentary
CA 795
Independent Study
Select one additional Workshop or Literature & Theory Course (from above lists)4
Select one Interdisciplinary "Breadth" Course 34
UMIS 599Independent Study 44
Total Credits20

For more information, contact Seth Abramson, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, at seth.abramson@unh.edu.

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