The creative writing minor is perfect for those 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. The minor includes both prescribed courses as well as open credits so students can focus on an area of their choice.
What can I do with this degree?Often our creative writing minors are pursuing majors in other art forms or in teaching. Many of these students go on to pursue publication both in print and online.
What skills will I develop?
- Understanding writing as a process
- How to invent, revise, critique, and publish
- Recognize techniques of craft in literary texts
- How 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 Coeval, the student literary magazine; the Clarion, Bethel’s student newspaper; or Colloquy, the student scholarly journal.
- 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.