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
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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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Literature changed who I was, allowed me to look at the world in a new way, to become a more curious person. Faith-learning integration at Bethel helped prepare me to link my faith with my work.Amy Williams '07
Current job: Major Gifts Officer at Ecumen
For me, journalism meant becoming a reporter, but God brought me into ministry. I quickly learned that good writing transcends vocation. Creative storytelling is key anywhere. Studying journalism helped me find my voice and bring good writing to any calling.Monique Kleinhuizen '08
Current job: Communications Strategist at Bethel University