Creative writing is the process of crafting original and imaginative works of literature, poetry, prose, or scripts. It encourages the exploration of language, structure, and narrative and communicates unique perspectives and experiences with the world.
The Creative Writing minor is an excellent addition for those pursuing careers in writing or interested in developing their writing skills. Students in the program study various genres including great works of fiction and poetry. They also learn to write in various writing styles such as poems, fiction, short stories, and novels. In workshop classes, students dive deep into the refinement of the craft, studying the use of the five senses to show a scene, place, or character, and work in collaboration with their peers and professors to refine their work.
Students in the program can participate in the Popular Fiction Workshop, taught once a year, to learn about the publishing industry, study current book trends, and receive personal writing advice on projects from published authors. Students can also submit their work to The Review, Southern Virginia University’s annual literary journal, which features poetry, short stories, and art.
Begin by taking College Composition (WRI 120) and Fundamentals of Creative Writing (ENG 220) in your first and second year
Get in touch with Professor Karen Hufford to discuss your interests and goals
Turn in a completed Declare Minor form to the Registrar’s Office
“Students from all disciplines can benefit from a creative writing minor as it teaches you so many skills that translate well into other areas of life. It’s a great stepping stone for those who are interested in writing, publishing, or just describing the world in which they live.”
– Professor Karen Hufford