Creative Writing | Minor

Creative writing is the process of crafting original and imaginative works of poetry, prose, or scripts. It encourages the exploration of language, structure, and narrative, and it also communicates unique perspectives and experiences in the world.

About the Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing minor is an excellent addition for those pursuing careers in writing and for those 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, short stories, and novels. In workshop classes, students dive into the refinement of the craft as they study the use of the five senses as a way to create a scene or develop a character as they 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Thorough understanding of different writing styles and their uses
  • Knowledge of current book trends and publishing policies
  • Strong writing and critical thinking skills

Getting Started in the Creative Writing Minor

  1. Enroll

    Begin by taking Fundamentals of Creative Writing (ENG 220) in your first or second year

  2. Contact Your Advisor

    Get in touch with Professor Karen Hufford to discuss your interests and goals

  3. Declare

    Turn in a completed Declare Minor form to the Registrar’s Office


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“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