Academics

Creative Writing Minor

Program Overview

The Minor in Creative Writing is a multi-genre approach toward developing the fundamentals of successful writers.  The minor will provide you with an introduction to the art of creative writing and upper-level workshop courses dedicated to a single genre, such as fiction, poetry, playwriting, and crreative non-fiction.  You will also have the opportunity each semester to workshop with a professional writer.

 

General Course Overview

The Minor in Creative Writing requires six courses for a total of 18 hours.  The introductory course provides students with the essential elements of the four genres.  After that students will take advanced workshops in fiction. poetry, playwriting, and creative non-fiction.  The advanced workshops may be taken in any order following the introductory course.  Students will be required to take an advanced seminar which will focus on different topics each time it is offered.  Topics may include "Writing a Novel," "Writing for Film and Television," "Creative Writing for the Church" and others.

 

Opportunities

Creative writing students have an opportunity to publish their work in Motif, Concordia's annual creative arts journal, and be involved with public readings on campus.

Students will also have access to a professional writer each semester for an opportunity to workshop and gather information about what it takes to make a living with your words.

Our proximity to Chicago provides students with access to readings at storied locations such as The Poetry Foundation and opportunites to attend other major literary events such as the Chicago Humanities Festival.  The rich literary heritage of Chicago will provide a backdrop and inspiration to the work that students will be creating.