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Why Study Creative Writing?

A way with words

From poetry to prose, fiction to nonfiction, script to screenplay, creative writing can challenge your imagination and serve as a repository for your reflections on the human experience.

As a student in the English Department’s creative writing minor, you’ll learn to analyze effectively and to write persuasively in courses taught by faculty who are themselves published writers. Analysis of the work of great writers will provide you with ideas and inspiration, while interactive workshops will allow you to present your writing to classmates and receive valuable feedback.

There are several outlets for your creative writing. You can enter any (or all!) of the English Department’s four annual writing contests; submit your work for publication in Caesura, Clark’s student literary magazine; or publish your work on the Clark Writes blog. Aspiring playwrights can submit their scripts to the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s biennial New Play Festival, which produces full-length plays written, directed, and performed by Clark undergrads.

You can combine this minor with any major. It will complement majors in economics, physics, and math, for example, besides more obvious pairings with comparative literature; history; media, culture, and the arts; psychology; screen studies; theatre arts; and, of course, English!

Minimum number of courses to complete this minor: 6

Requirements

Experiential Learning

As a complement to this concentration, you can engage in a variety of related experiential learning opportunities, including internships, study abroad, and research.

Careers

A foundation in creative writing is an asset to those seeking careers in education, digital and print media, marketing and public relations, and psychology.