Carnegie Mellon University

Creative Writing - Minor

The Creative Writing Minor consists of 6-7 courses, which includes the First-Year Writing experience.

Learn how to declare a minor in Creative Writing.

Curriculum: 6-7 courses, 54 units total

All courses are 9.0 units each, unless otherwise noted.

First-Year Writing (1 or 2 courses, 9 units):

Option 1: Take one full-semester course

76-101 Interpretation and Argument
76-102 Advanced First-Year Writing*

*By application/invitation only

Option 2: Take two half-semester mini courses at 4.5 units each

76-106 Writing About Literature, Art, and Culture
76-107 Writing About Data
76-108 Writing About Public Problems

Survey of Forms Courses (1 courses, 9 units):

76-260   Survey of Forms: Fiction
76-261   Survey of Forms: Creative Nonfiction
76-262   Survey of Forms: Nonfiction       
76-265   Survey of Forms: Poetry
76-269   Survey of Forms: Screenwriting

Reading in Forms (1 course, 9 units):

76-363   Reading in Forms: Poetry: Intro to Literary Translation    
76-364   Reading in Forms: Fiction

Fiction, Poetry, or Screenwriting Workshops (2 courses, 36 units):

In order to be eligible to enroll in a particular workshop, students must receive a grade of A or B in the Survey of Forms course of that same genre. If you recieve a C in a Survey of Forms course, students may enroll in a related workshop only with the permission of the instructor. If students receive a D or R (failing grade) in Survey of Forms, they may not take a workshop in that genre.

76-365   Beginning Poetry Workshop       
76-460   Beginning Fiction Workshop       
76-462   Advanced Fiction Workshop       
76-465   Advanced Poetry Workshop       
76-469   Screenwriting Workshop: Screenwriting/Television Writing

English Electives (1 courses, 9 units):

Please consult the list of courses published each semester by the Department for current offerings. English Electives may include any course offered by the Department, with the exception of 76-206 Between the Lines and 76-222 Creative Writing Matters. In choosing English Electives, students are encouraged to sample courses from across the Department.