The Creative Writing Minor provides students in a visual arts community with an opportunity to explore and exploit the possibilities inherent in the collision of language and visual expression. Specially tailored for students who are engaged with language as a material, artistic medium, and/or who are interested in its narrative and poetic possibilities, the Creative Writing Minor offers students a variety of contexts in which to use language in the service of their larger artistic interests and vision. Through courses that focus on the craft of reading, writing, revising and performing with language in several different genres, students come face to face with the strange power of words to literally and literarily re-imagine both the world as we know it and what it means to be human in our time.
Collaboration and publishing are also emphasized in this minor, and students get time with visiting writers who talk about their work and give public readings. Past visiting writers have included Merrill Feitell, Ross Gay, Dobby Gibson, Sabrina Orah Mark, Sebastian Matthews, Anthony McCann, Kiki Petrosino, Nate Pritts, G.C. Waldrep and Dean Young, among others.