Creative Writing Minor

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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 Literary Arts & Studies program at University of New Hampshire.

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:
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Persuasive Writing
Introduction to Fiction Writing
Introduction to Poetry Writing
Literary Topics
Creative Nonfiction
Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop
Special Topics in Creative Writing
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Travel Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
Introduction to Public Speaking
Media Writing
Advanced Screenwriting
Literature & Theory Course 24
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Drama
Special Topics in Literature
English Major Seminar
Independent Study
Communication Technologies and Culture
Independent Study
Workshop Course OR Literature & Theory Course4
Select one from either of the lists above
One Interdisciplinary "Breadth" Course 34
UMIS 599Independent Study 44
Total Credits20

Or any other ENGL or CA course declared a "Workshop" course for the Minor in the course catalog.


Or any other ENGL or CA course declared a "Literature & Theory" course for the Minor in the course catalog.


This course, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor for the Minor, relates to an interest of the student outside creative writing that will inform the student's final project in the Minor.


This course will culminate in the creation of a significant and distinctive literary work.

For more information, contact Seth Abramson, Seth Abramson, Assistant Professor, Literary Arts & Studies, at