Creative Writing Minor
A student may earn a minor in creative writing by completing a minimum of 27 units of creative writing courses as outlined in this section. Students who wish to declare a minor in creative writing should complete the appropriate form with the Registrar’s Office.
A minor gives a student the ability pursue a competency outside of their degree program without having to fulfill all of the degree requirements of a double-major. For more information on the difference between minors, double majors, and double emphases, please click here.
Required Courses for CREATIVE WRITING Minor (9 Courses)
This course will teach students how to write and speak effectively in business and other communication.
A theoretical and practical introduction to the human phenomenon of storytelling, what stories are, their central role in culture from ancient times to the present day, and how storytellers seek and communicate meaning. Particular attention will be paid to the significance of story in the Judeo-Christian tradition and story’s role within the Christian faith. Students will generate numerous story ideas, and with the help of their classmates and the instructor will evaluate those ideas in terms of audience appeal, theme and meaning.
This course builds on student understanding of screen storytelling established in Story, Genre and Structure and Writing and Pitching a Script. Students will develop an original feature-length screen story from multiple ideas through idea evaluation and selection, character creation and development, story structure, treatment, pitch and beat sheet. At the end of the course, students will register their work with the WGA (a $20 fee). Students will consider more advanced screenwriting concepts presented in the text and will apply those principles to their developing stories.
Prerequisites: ENTM101, ENTM105
This course stands as the culmination of the sequence of courses in the freshman year that covered grammar, logic and rhetoric. The course examines the role of the artist, the nature and purpose of art, of beauty, and of a life of art-making, and considers whether and how the quality of art can be evaluated in light of a Catholic understanding of art and artists. The course further considers the significance of these ideas to human endeavors such as work and business that are not typically viewed as artistic.
This course will emphasize the use of correct grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. Students will be required to apply these skills to writing assignments.
This course examines a range of writing practices that authors have undertaken in order to create. It studies how copyright law and developing ideas about authorship influenced the ways writers worked in the nineteenth century. It considers how experimentation in the twentieth century continued to develop form. It looks at idea of the romantic genius, the challenges of the collaboration process, and the incorporation of different writing media. It argues that creativity may express itself in a wide range of ways by studying the practice of poets, fiction writers, and artists of the U.S. and UK.
Writing allows us to explore alternative realities and this course examines the literary devices and purposes of a range of genres including travel writing, poetry, drama, speculative novels and fantasy stories. We are especially interested in the purpose behind the creation of alternative worlds – to satirize contemporary society, to imagine new possibilities, to experiment with form and so on.
This course will consider literature and nonfiction creative writing of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and will pay particular attention to the representation of place and the engagement with culture. Students will examine the use of aspects of creative writing such as point of view, language, tone, pacing and plot, and so on from a writer’s perspective.
This course provides an overview of various kinds of nonfiction writing, especially focusing on travel, nature, and personal identity writing. By reading various nonfiction works, students will become familiar with the techniques and structure of different kinds of nonfiction writing, and practice using those techniques in their own works.
*Please note that course offerings and course descriptions are subject to change.
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