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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
  • How to invent, revise, critique, and publish
  • Recognize techniques of craft in literary texts
  • The ability to develop and edit longer writing projects and prepare them for publication

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Take your writing out of the classroom

Take advantage of our off-campus courses:

  • Travel Writing, taught on location in England, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, or Australia
  • Media and Communication in Developing Countries

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; The Clarion, Bethel’s student newspaper; or the Colloquy, the student scholarly journal
  • Compete for our annual Jerry Healy Poetry Prize
  • Receive information about opportunities to be published in literary websites and journals
  • Get individual advice and coaching from published writers who are active in their fields and in the community
  • Meet with visiting writers to get comments on your work in progress

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

MAR 2 2017

From Bubble to Bridge

10:20 a.m. BU Library Fireside Lounge

Marion Larson and Sara Shady celebrate the publication of their new book "From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World."

MAR 28 2017

Journalism Symposium

6 p.m. Alumni Lounge and Olson Boardroom

Paul Glader, head of The Kings College Journalism Program, Speaks about Trump, Journalism, Facts and Faith

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

Royal Report

The Royal Report is the outlet for our Journalism students exploring writing, photography, and video content. The Medium site features students' story assignments and captivating images. The Royal Report Youtube channel features short vignettes and stories that provide a deeper look into the people and issues at Bethel. 

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