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Creative Writing minor

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The series of courses in the creative writing minor offers students a practical, theoretical, and historical understanding of the art and craft of writing nonfiction and fiction prose and poetry, as well as experimenting in digital storytelling and interactive media. The minor encourages students to use those skills and insights for interdisciplinary projects and the enrichment of their careers and personal lives.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Creative writing
   ENGL-211    Introduction to Creative Writing
   ENGL-376      Experimental Writing
   ENGL-386    World Building Workshop
   ENGL-389    Digital Creative Writing Workshop
   ENGL-390    Creative Writing Workshop
   ENGL-490    Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
   ENGL-511    Advanced Topics in Creative Writing
   ENGL-543    Game-Based Fiction Workshop
   ENGL-216    Literature from Around the World
   ENGL-275    Storytelling [Genre/Theme]
   ENGL-307    Mythology and Literature
   ENGL-308    Shakespeare: Drama
   ENGL-309    Topics in Literary Forms
   ENGL-315    Digital Literature
   ENGL-316    Global Literature
   ENGL-318    Popular Literature
   ENGL-320    Genre Fiction
   ENGL-373    Media Adaptation
   ENGL-374    Games and Literature
   ENGL-375    Storytelling Across Media
   ENGL-391    Dangerous Texts
   ENGL-400    Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
   ENGL-414    Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
   ENGL-418     Great Authors
   ENGL-419    Literature and Technology
   ENGL-422    Maps, Spaces, and Places
   ENGL-450    Free and Open Source Culture

* Students choose either five creative writing electives or four creative writing electives and one literature elective.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

This minor provides theoretical and historical background and models to assist students as they develop their own creative writing abilities.

0502-227 Writing (or equivalent)

Choose three of the following:
0502-451 Creative Writing: Poetry
0502-452 Creative Writing: Prose Fiction
0502-453 Advanced Creative Writing*
0502-459 Creative Nonfiction
0502-461 Editing the Literary Magazine
0502-560 Special Topics: Introduction to Language Science 

Choose two of the following:
0504-441 Art of Poetry
0504-442 The Short Story
0504-443 The Novel
0504-460 Modern Poetry
0504-482 Science Fiction

* Students in the creative writing minor have the option to take one of the creative writing courses and then take Advanced Creative Writing (0502-453) twice in order to complete an extended writing project.