Creative Writing Major BA
The Creative Writing program at Metropolitan State University is one of the richest and most diverse in the nation. Both our B.A. and minor in Creative Writing include workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, writing children's literature, writing very short creative works, writing humor, writing for publication and profit, and advanced creative writing. As a creative writing student at Metropolitan State, you will gain experience in drafting, analyzing, and editing creative works of writing. Our stellar faculty are award-winning, widely published literary artists whose joy in both teaching and writing is infectious. Metropolitan State's creative writing curriculum challenges students with the delights and hard work required to write imaginatively, including developing an individual writing process, setting writing goals, understanding the opportunities available in print and electronic media, and leading a life made richer by the literary arts.
Develop your writing skills to express your thoughts and feelings in an imaginative way. Learn key skills:
- Learn the craft and art of creative writing from master writer-teachers.
- Read, draft and revise fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and children's writing.
- Nurture and hone your talent in the company of equally devoted students and teachers.
- Learn how to write creatively for multiple audiences and in multiple genres.
- Develop the ability to read critically; learn how to analyze and edit your own and others' work.
- Gain valuable experience in the world of publishing, both as writer and editor, by working on Haute Dish, Metropolitan State's award-winning online literary magazine.
The program invites you to learn from instructors who are highly accomplished practitioners and excellent teachers. For example:
- Creative writing teacher Alison McGhee has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has received four Minnesota Book Awards.
- Creative Writing teacher Ed Bok Lee has won the American Book Award & Minnesota Book Award, among many other awards.
Acceptance to the Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Creative Writing major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.
Up to 8 credits of the Creative Writing Major may be taken at the lower division.
Prerequisites (2 credits)
- COMM 171 Desktop Computer Design for Communication or equivalent (2 cr)
Required (21-24 credits)
- INFS 115 Information Access (2 cr) or
- INFS 315 Searching for Information (4 cr)
- WRIT 251 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 cr)
- WRIT 357 Writers as Readers (4 cr)
- WRIT 371 Editing (4 cr)
- WRIT 531 Advanced Writing (4 cr) or
- WRIT 532 Writing about Place (4 cr)
- WRIT 481 Advanced Creative Writing* (capstone) (4-5 cr)
Electives (16 credits)
- WRIT 324 Topics in Writing (4 cr)
- WRIT 352 Writing Memoir and Creative Nonfiction* (4 cr)
- WRIT 353 Writing Short Fiction* (4 cr)
- WRIT 354 Writing Poetry* (4 cr)
- WRIT 355 Writing Children's Literature* (4 cr)
- WRIT 356 Writing Humor* (4 cr)
- WRIT 358 1000 Words or Less* (4 cr)
- WRIT 377 Writing Proposals and Grants (4 cr)
- WRIT 481 Advanced Creative Writing (4 cr)
- WRIT 531 Advanced Writing (4-5 cr)
- WRIT 532 Writing About Place (4 cr)
- WRIT 541 Writing for Publication and Profit (4 cr)
- WRIT 583 Writing Major Projects (4 cr)
- WRIT 599 Advanced Topics (must be related to Creative Writing) (4 cr)
- INFS 338 The Craft and Commerce of Book Publishing (4 cr)
- Four credits in professional writing, screenwriting, playwriting, literature or linguistics.
*May be repeated once for credit
37-39 Total Credits for Major (excluding prerequisites)