Chatham University

Creative Writing Curriculum

Creative Writing Minor Requirements
The minor in Creative Writing draws upon the strengths of the undergraduate English program and the graduate faculty of the Master of Fine Arts program. Students who choose this minor may be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in creative writing or looking to enter careers as professional writers.

Designed in conjunction with a faculty member in the English program, individual programs of study require the approval of the division chairperson.

5 courses, including:

3 of the following:
ENG 243
Creative Writing I
3 Credits
Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse.
ENG 244
Creative Writing II
3 Credits
Students present a selection of their work each week for class comment and criticism. In addition, special problem topics are assigned weekly to develop writing skills. Readings concentrate on contemporary prose and verse.
ENG 245
Advanced Writing Workshop
3 Credits
This course focuses on creative writing for experienced writers, geared toward preparing a finished manuscript for potential publication. Fiction writers work intensively on a single story, revising and integrating its various parts. Poets write either long poems or poetic sequences and experiment with contemporary variations on traditional forms.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 243 and 244, or professor's permission
ENG 249
Writing for Children
3 Credits
Explores multiple facets of writing literature for preschool through adolescent audiences. Focuses on the transformation of experience and memory into a fictional story, developing a voice and point of view, character development, plot construction and intensification, describing setting, and use of vocabulary appropriate to the age of the audience.
2 300-level or above writing-intensive courses or graduate writing workshops with permission of the director of the M.F.A. program.