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Creative Writing Minor

TCNJ’s Creative Writing Minor is an innovative program that emphasizes the connections between reading, writing, and real-world experience in the literary community. Our creative writing students engage the works of published authors, write and revise their own work, critique and support one anothers’ work, and interact with the contemporary literary world inside and outside of class.

The Minor consists of six courses; however, only five are offered on a yearly basis. In CWR 206: Introduction to Creative Writing, students are introduced to poetry and fiction writing. At the 300-level, students continue their study in workshops that focus on a single genre: CWR 304: Poetry Workshop and CWR 306: Fiction Workshop. CWR 406, Writer’s Workshop, is an optional capstone class in creative writing, only offered in years when there are enough advanced students to take it. In CWR 406, students produce a significant body of work, such as a chapbook of poems or a series of stories.

In CWR 301: Writing Communities, creative writing minors engage with the contemporary literary world as curators, researchers, critics, and producers of new creative work. Writing Communities students curate and organize TCNJ’s Visiting Writers Series, gaining hands-on experience working with authors and planning events; visit publishers, agents, and other literary professionals in New York City; engage with current developments in the writing world; and produce new work that responds to the writers they’ve encountered.

CWR 370: Special Topics in Creative Writing, focuses on areas of creative writing not covered in our other courses. This might mean a course focused on generating new work and experimenting with techniques to expand your creativity, or course specializing in science fiction and fantasy, YA and children’s literature, creative nonfiction, or the graphic novel.

Students interested in pursuing the minor should take CWR 206 as early as possible; it is the prerequisite for all other courses in the minor. Interested students should meet with the Director of Creative Writing for advisement and to plan their course of study.

A minor may overlap with a major or another minor by only one course.

For more information, contact Jess Row.