Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing Minor is a flexible six-credit program available to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, Wharton, and the School of Nursing. The minor provides opportunities for students to pursue their own interests and develop expertise in a range of topics, methods, and approaches to the craft.

To fulfill this minor, students may take courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults. They may also take innovative workshops in cross-genre, experimental, and hybrid writing, including writing that engages community organizing, multimedia and visual arts, and performance, as well as for-credit apprenticeships and courses in the independent study of a genre or topic.

As a Creative Writing Minor, you’ll practice your craft in small, rigorous workshops and gain a deep appreciation of the history of literary writing. You will also join the collaborative, integrated writing community that is Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, home to Penn’s writing programs, platforms, and projects. The cluster of programs at CPCW, which includes the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, ModPo, and Jacket2, provides opportunities to students in and out of the classroom, including readings, webcasts, podcasts, lectures, performances, and archives — all of which promote the living textures of contemporary writing.

Creative Writing Minors complete six courses:

  • Four workshops in creative writing: these can include courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults, as well as workshops in cross-genre, experimental, and hybrid writing, including writing that engages community organizing, multimedia and visual arts, and performance. For complete details on current workshops in creative writing, consult our list of courses here. Among the four required workshops, we strongly recommend any offering of Introduction to Creative Writing. While not required, this course will serve as an excellent introduction to the craft.
  • Two courses in the study of literary writing: at least one should be an English literature course, and the second can be in English literature or in the literature of a language other than English. Among the two required literature courses, we particularly recommend a number of English courses in which students study the history and development of a genre, topic, or theoretical approach. For a complete list of current courses in literary writing in English, visit the Department of English.
  • Minors are welcome — and encouraged — to take more than the six required courses as their schedules permit.
  • Courses in the Critical Writing Program (those coded as WRIT) do not count toward the minor.
  • Journalistic Writing Minors may count only two of their journalistic writing workshops toward the Creative Writing minor.
     
Declaring your minor

Declaring your minor is simple. To begin, please contact Julia Bloch, Director of the Creative Writing Program.

 

Current Creative Writing Minors
Anushka Agarwal 23A
Anirudh Annavajjula 23A
Meg Arfaa 24A
Mars Berger 23A
Alexa Grabelle 23A
Rema Hort 23A
Tsubasa Somasundaram Inada 24A
Laura Liu 23A
Lilian Liu 24A
Sydney Kahn 24A
Abbigail Kamanu 25A
Cosima Kohl 25A
Natalie McTigue 23A
Quincy Morgan 23A
Bella Ozomaro 23A
Joseph Piatt 23A
Jeremy Ridge 23A
Farah Sayed 23A
Isabella Schlact 23A
Odyssia Sifounaki 23A
Anabel Silver 23A 
Megan Striff-Cave 23A
Elise Wallen-Friedman 25A
Helen Wu 23A
Max Zhang 23A
Chuqi Zheng 23A
Alexander Zhou 25A