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Creative Writing

Creative Writing Minor

Students who are not majoring in an English creative writing track or are not majoring in English, and who have an interest in writing poetry or fiction, may enroll in the creative writing minor. The minor gives students the opportunity to complement their area of major study with experience writing and reading poetry or fiction.

General Requirements

Students minoring in creative writing must complete a total of 15 hours. None of the required courses may be taken pass/fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better may be counted toward the minor. All upper-division courses must be taken with downtown Denver campus English faculty. Students should take ENGL 1020 before beginning the minor.

I. Required Courses (nine credit hours)

  • ENGL 2154, Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 2450, Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 3020, Poetry Workshop or ENGL 3050, Fiction Workshop

II. Area Requirements (three credit hours)

Choose 1 corresponding Poetry or Fiction course:

  • NGL 4025, Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 4055, Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL Writing Workshop (3000 level not previously taken)

III. Elective in Genre of Specialization (three credit hours)

  • Poetry: Students who have taken ENGL 3020 choose one:
    • ENGL 4160, Poetics
    • ENGL 4166, History of American Poetry
    • ENGL 4320, History of Poetry in English
    • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing (Poetry emphasis)
  • Fiction: Students who have taken ENGL 3050 choose one:
    • ENGL 4200, History of the English Novel I
    • ENGL 4210, History of the English Novel II
    • ENGL 4230, The American Novel
    • ENGL 4236, The American Short Story
    • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing (Fiction emphasis)