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Minor and Concentration in Creative Writing

Starting 2007, the English Department’s Creative Writing Program has been offering an English Minor in Creative Writing, and an English Major with Concentration in Creative Writing.

Both the minor and the concentration offer budding writers an exciting opportunity to develop their craft under the guidance of a writing program that is considered one of the best in the country. Undergraduates who opt for the minor or the concentration will benefit not only from the excellent faculty and associate instructors who’ll teach them the art and craft of writing but also by attending the readings of the impressive range of distinguished writers the creative writing program brings to campus every year. The course requirements include workshops where students get opportunities to share their writing with others and receive constructive feedback in a supportive and productive atmosphere.

The English minor and concentration is not just for “fun” (although creative writing in itself is a joyful art)—it has distinct career benefits. The writing of fiction or poetry engages language in innovative ways, allowing students flashes of insights into the realities of everyday world that might not be easily accessible by our normal perceptions. Thus, the study of creative writing becomes a study of “thinking outside the box,” it employs all of our facilities—emotional, intuitive, logical—often to startling changes in the way we view our surroundings. In real life, this translates to a highly sharpened ability for problem solving, which is of tremendous benefit in all types of careers.

As creative writing facilitates a heightened awareness of language, students who minor or concentrate in creative writing tend to do very well in careers such as education, publishing, journalism, advertising, public relations, and yes, business, where proper use of language can often translates to success.

So, with a creative writing minor or concentration, student will learn how to:
--convincingly translate an imagined world onto the page
--use their heightened awareness of language for greater effect
--re-conceptualize and revise any given material
--respond constructively and productive to judgement of their work
--engage critically with texts

Finally, for those who are serious about pursuing a career as a literary writer, a minor or a concentration is an excellent way to buckle down to develop their craft and thereby start on the journey of becoming a published author.

The English Minor In Creative Writing

The requirements for the minor in Creative Writing are:

12 credit hours selected from L202, W203, W301, W303, W311, W401, W403, and either 381 or W383 for a total of 15 credit hours.

A minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be taken on the Bloomington campus. A student may complete both the English minor and the minor in creative writing as long as different courses are chosen to complete each minor. Students majoring in English are not eligible for the creative writing minor.

English Major with Concentration in Creative Writing

The requirements for the concentration in Creative Writing are:

  • L202 - Literary Interpretation 3 hours
  • L371 - Critical Practices 3 hours


Beginnings Through the Sixteenth Century
3 hours
Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries
3 hours
The Nineteenth Century
3 hours
1900 to the Present
3 hours

  • 12 hours, of which at least 6 must be at the 300-level or above, chosen from the following list.

  • At least one course must be either W381 or W383.
W203 - Creative Writing
W301 - Writing Fiction
W303 - Writing Poetry
W311 - Writing Creative Nonfiction
W401 - Advanced Fiction Writing
W403 - Advanced Poetry Writing
W381 - The Craft of Fiction
W383 - The Craft of Poetry
W413 - Advanced Nonfiction Writing


  • Beginnings Through the Sixteenth Century:
E301 - Literatures in English to 1600
L305 - Chaucer
L306 - Middle English Literature
L307 - Medieval and Tudor Drama

  • Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries:
E302 - Literatures in English, 1600-1800
L308 - Elizabethan Drama and Its Background
L309 - Elizabethan Poetry
L313 - Early Plays of Shakespeare
L314 - Late Plays of Shakespeare
L317 - English Poetry of the Early

  • Seventeenth Century
L318 - Milton
L320 - Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century Literature
L327 - Later Eighteenth-Century Literature
L328 - Restoration and Eighteenth Century Drama
L347 - British Fiction to 1800
L350 - Early American Writing and Culture to 1800

  • The Nineteenth Century:
E303 - Literatures in English, 1800-1900
L332 - Romantic Literature
L335 - Victorian Literature
L348 - Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
L351 - American Literature 1800-1865
L352 - American Literature 1865-1914
L355 - American Fiction to 1900
L356 - American Poetry to 1900

  • 1900 to the Present

E304 - Literatures in English, 1900-Present
L345 - Twentieth-Century British Poetry
L346 - Twentieth-Century British Fiction
L354 - American Literature since 1914
L357 - Twentieth-Century American Poetry
L358 - American Literature, 1914-1960
L359 - American Literature, 1960-Present
L366 - Modern Drama: English, Irish, American, and Post-Colonial
L380 - Literary Modernism
L381 - Recent Writing
L383 - Studies in British
and Commonwealth Culture
(when subject is 20th Century)

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