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The Minor in Creative Writing, administered by the Department of English, offers undergraduate students across the university a focused experience in the production of literary texts. The minor curriculum includes an introductory multi-genre course, workshops in a chosen genre at the introductory and advanced level, as well as a literary studies course focused on broad readings within that genre. The required core courses Theory and History of Creative Writing (ENG 320D) and Creative Writing Community (ENG 200) are designed to provide awareness of larger conversations about creative writing as a discipline, as well as promote literary citizenship through involvement in co-curricular opportunities on campus and within the local writing community. Emphasizing the value of creative writing methods for problem-solving and critical thinking, for understanding diverse views and subject positions, and for clarity of expression, the minor opens up creative writing study to students across colleges.

Students who are interested in the minor are eligible to apply if they have attained sophomore standing and have completed their introductory course requirement (ENG 210 or ENG 226). Interested students should consult with the academic advisor in English or the Director of Creative Writing prior to applying.

To apply, interested students will complete an application form, a writer’s statement of 500-750 words, and a writing sample in their intended genre (2500 words for fiction and nonfiction, 5 pages of poetry, or 15-25 page script). (Note: Only PDFs are accepted.) Applications will be reviewed by a faculty panel and students notified prior to annual enrollment in March. 

Please direct questions to the Academic Advisor or Director of Creative Writing Robin Silbergleid (msucw@msu.edu).

Students who are planning careers in creative writing and literary publishing should pursue the B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. The B.A. provides the opportunity for more intensive study in creative writing, including writing in and across multiple genres, participation in internships, and creative writing capstone projects.

Requirements for the Minor in Creative Writing

Requirements for the Minor in Creative Writing can be found in the Academic Programs catalog here.