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The creative writing minor is perfect for students who want to hone their skills in writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It begins with a general course that explores all of these genres and ends with an immersive experience with intense, dedicated time to work on a longer project or time in the field completing an internship.

Why should I study creative writing?

The creative writing minor gives students with a passion for writing the tools to more uniquely and creatively express themselves. It is an opportunity for students to hone their creative talents while strengthening critical communication skills. By diversifying and expanding your writing talents, you'll open yourself up to a greater variety of career opportunities.

What can I do with this degree?

Often our creative writing minors pursue majors in other art forms or in teaching. Many of these students go on to pursue publication in print and online. The creative writing minor also strengthens students' qualifications to enter careers in fields such as communications and marketing, and pairs well with graphic design training.

What skills will I develop?

  • Understand writing as a process
  • Learn how to invent, revise, critique, and publish
  • Recognize techniques of craft in literary texts
  • Develop and edit longer writing projects and prepare them for publication

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Take your writing out of the classroom

  • Textura is a photojournalistic magazine created by students in conjunction with a J-Term study abroad trip

Share your writing both on and off campus

  • Write for, edit, and publish in peer-reviewed or on-campus publications such as the Coeval, the student literary magazine, and The Clarion, Bethel’s student newspaper
  • Compete for our annual Jerry Healy Poetry Prize
  • Receive information about opportunities to be published in literary websites and journals
  • Meet with visiting writers to get comments on your work in progress

Gain insights about the publishing industry

Courses, like Principles of Editing, Publishing and Being Published, and Writer's Workshop, walk you through the publishing process—from ideation to execution to editing and production—giving you an insight into the industry and the process it takes to become an author. All the while, you'll learn from experienced professors who are themselves published writers and who are active in their fields and in the community. 

10.5%

above state average for edTPA scores by English education majors

In a recent survey of 200 department alumni, 85 respondents have an M.A. or are currently pursuing one; 15 have a Ph.D. or are currently pursuing one; and 6 have completed law school.

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Upcoming Events

JUNE 4 2022

Dan Ritchie Retirement Celebration with Students and Alumni

4 p.m. Minnehaha Park | Wabun Picnic Pavilion B

An informal time to swap stories with Dan, Judie, and fellow English majors, Humanities students, TAs, and England Termers from 1985-2021.

JUNE 14 2022

#MediaMania

8 a.m.

Student publication leaders will explore print and digital storytelling leadership as they prepare to be editors/leaders or future editors/leaders on their student newspapers, news magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks, and broadcasts.

JUNE 15 2022

#MediaMania

8 a.m.

Student publication leaders will explore print and digital storytelling leadership as they prepare to be editors/leaders or future editors/leaders on their student newspapers, news magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks, and broadcasts.

JUNE 16 2022

#MediaMania

8 a.m.

Student publication leaders will explore print and digital storytelling leadership as they prepare to be editors/leaders or future editors/leaders on their student newspapers, news magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks, and broadcasts.