Minor in Creative Writing


The minor in creative writing offers undergraduate students in all disciplines the opportunity to advance their communication and critical thinking skills, qualities employers seek, through the analysis and writing of fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

Creative writing courses instruct students in mastering the fluidity of expression, tone, and compression so necessary to those who contemplate graduate work in any discipline.  Students majoring in business, the sciences, and liberal arts, as well as students pursuing pre-law and pre-medicine courses of study, will find the creative writing minor beneficial in its capacity to deepen and expand their understanding of language and humanity. Law schools value masterful writers who can use metaphor and simile to buttress argument, and medical schools are increasingly concerned with issues of communication/empathy as they train doctors and medical staff. 

Creative writing prepares education majors with the expertise necessary to incorporate Creative Writing into the teaching of literature at the elementary or high school level.   Reading culture through the poetry or fiction of a given time, from classic texts to those written by contemporary and emerging writers, supports creative writing minors in their own work as writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 

The Creative Writing minor is affiliated with the English Department, the Writers At Newark Reading Series and the Rutgers University-Newark MFA Program in Creative Writing.