Creative Writing Minor
Why Study Creative Writing?
Express yourself with a Creative Writing minor at Elizabethtown College! The minor gives students the opportunity to take classes in playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, and prose. Study the art of the short story, or the emerging field of creative non-fiction. Many students choose to combine an English major and Creative Writing minor, but the program is designed to be flexible so that it can be paired with any major.
What types of writing will I study in the Creative Writing program?
You will study a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres, including:
- Short Stories
- Creative Non-fiction
- Feature writing
- Children’s literature
- Blog posts
- Web content
Creative Writing Classes
As a Creative Writing minor, you will take a variety of courses in fiction, creative non-fiction, and even art and graphic design. You will complete your studies with a capstone course - CW 386 Word, Web, and Design - that will apply your skills to digital projects.
Students can choose from these writing-based electives:
- COM 424 - Script and Screenwriting
- EN 180 - CE Introduction to Creative Writing
- EN 280 - Creative Writing - Poetry, Prose
- EN 281 - CE Writing and Analyzing the Short Story
- EN 286 - Creative Non-Fiction
- EN 287 - Writing Children's Literature
- EN 381 - Advanced Fiction Writing
- TH 240 – Playwriting
Additionally, they have the option of taking these image-based electives:
- ART 105 - CE Drawing I
- ART 207 - Introduction to Graphic Design
- ART 145 - CE Digital Photography (COM 145)
Career Paths for a Creative Writing Minor
The minor introduces students to the world of publishing and editing, both of which present exciting career paths. Strong writing skills are in high demand in virtually every field, and a Creative Writing minor serves as an excellent supplement to any major. Additionally, the image-based courses supplement your education to give you the potential to work in graphic arts positions.
Some possible careers for creative writing minors include:
- Literary Agent
- Web Writer
- Online PR Specialist
- Technical Writer
- Magazine Writer or Editor
- Magazine Art Director or Photo Editor
- Comic Book Writer
- Advertising Copywriter
- Graphic Designer
Writing Resources on Campus
In addition to bringing authors and poets to campus as part of our Bowers Writers House programming, we foster students’ creative expression through our clubs and activities on campus. Fine Print is the campus literary magazine, which is open to all students to submit creative writing and artwork. The Creative Writing Club provides a space for writers to meet and share feedback. Occasionally, the High Library hosts fiction readings where students are invited to share their work.