Minor in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing minor is an opportunity for students to earn academic credit for producing imaginative works of Fiction (short stories, graphic fiction, and longer works); Creative Nonfiction (personal essay, profile writing, memoir writing, travel writing, etc.); Poetry (in freeverse, traditional form, and prose poems), and Screenwriting/Dramatic writing. Students in the minor will also develop critical-thinking and self-reflection skills that emphasize the value of innovation and collaboration. And that fosters the development of diverse voices within a creative writing community, each member committed to helping one another improve as writers, readers, and creative-thinkers. In composing original stories, scripts, and poems, students learn to apply literary techniques used by classical and contemporary authors. Students will also have the opportunity for hands-on publishing as they are able to work on (or to be published in) SJSU’s award-winning Reed magazine.
Below are the core requirements to achieve a minor in Creative Writing. To see descriptions of these courses, check the general course descriptions

Check with the Creative Writing Major Advisor at least once each semester to track your progress.

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).

Be sure to apply for the Creative Writing Awards and Scholarships available each Spring. Join the English Department Google group for announcements (email English Department for details).

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Minor in Creative Writing 

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Course Requirements: 18-19 Units

Lower Division: (3 Units)

Upper Division: (12 Units)

Literature Courses: (Complete one of the following courses, 3-4 Units)