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The Minor in Creative Writing

A minor in creative writing provides the opportunity to study the tradition and craft of poetry, fiction, and drama in writing workshops and modern literature classes. In writing workshop classes, students critique and revise their creative work and study modern literature from a writer’s perspective. The minor prepares students to write creative work independently and to understand their work in the context of contemporary literary practices.

Course Requirements for the Minor: 25-26 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Writing Course Requirements

1 course required:

ENGL    020    Beginning Creative Writing    4.0    FS *

4 courses selected from:

ENGL    120A    Poetry Writing    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 020 or ENGL 109.

ENGL    120B    Fiction Writing    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 020 or ENGL 109.

ENGL    120C    Play Writing    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 020 or ENGL 109.

ENGL    220A    Advanced Poetry Writing    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 120A.

ENGL    220B    Advanced Fiction Writing    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 120B.

ENGL    220C    Advanced Play Writing    4.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ENGL 120C.

ENGL    220D    From Page to Stage    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 120A, ENGL 120B, or ENGL 120C.

ENGL    220E    Chapbook Production    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: ENGL 296 or two 200-level courses from the Minor in Creative Writing; or ENGL 320 and ENGL 321.

English (ENGL) 120A, 120B, 120C, and 220A, 220B, and 220C may be taken two semesters for credit. At least 4 units must be taken from the 220 level.

Literature Course Requirements

1 course required:

ENGL    157B    Survey of American Literature    3.0    FS

1 course selected from:

ENGL    238    Modern Poetry    3.0    FS

ENGL    248    Modern Drama    3.0    FS

ENGL    258    Modern Novel    3.0    FS

ENGL 297A may, in some semesters, satisfy the 3-unit genre requirement. Consult with the Creative Writing Coordinator.

NOTE: English majors taking a Creative Writing Minor must take 15 units over and above the major requirement.