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Creative Writing Minor

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Students interested in creative writing should begin with English 223-Creative Writing. English 223 provides an introduction to the reading and writing of poetry and prose and to the workshop method of critiquing student writing. After successful completion of 223, a student can declare the Creative Writing Minor. The minor is designed for majors in other LSA departments and schools at the University of Michigan, and is not open to English majors.

By the end of English 223, students will be able to choose their specialization (poetry, prose fiction, or creative non-fiction), advance to the next level of coursework (323 - Fiction Writing, 324 - Poetry Writing, or 325 - Art of the Essay), and declare the Creative Writing Minor.  Each required course allows students to build skills in and awareness of the practice of either poetry or prose fiction.

The Creative Writing Minor course sequence is:

  • 223 - Creative Writing
  • 323 - Creative Writing: Fiction OR 324 - Creative Writing: Poetry OR 325 - Art of the Essay
  • 423 - Advanced Fiction Writing* OR 424 - Adv. Poetry Writing* OR 425- Adv. Essay Writing*
    *423, 424, and 425 will satisfy the ULWR
  • 9 additional credits of English Language or Literature Courses. Students may include a creative writing course in a genre other than the one in which they are focusing.

How to Declare

After successful completion of English 223, students should schedule an appointment with an English advisor to declare and make a course plan. Students declared as Creative Writing Minors will receive priority registration for English 323 and 324, so it is important to declare the minor soon after a specialization is selected.

English Creative Writing Minor advising appointments can be scheduled at: Advising Appointments.

Cody Walker
Director, Undergraduate Program in Creative Writing