Creative Writing

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN CREATIVE WRITING

CRW 201 Introduction to Creative Writing I 3
CRW 205 Introduction to Creative Writing II 3
CRW 346 Intermediate Creative Writing 3
CRW 391 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3
Two of the following:  
CRW 441 Workshop in Writing Poetry 3
CRW 442 Workshop in Writing Fiction 3
CRW 443 Workshop in Writing Creative Nonfiction                                     3
Total Credits 18

 

 

Within the Creative Writing minor, students are presented with the opportunity:

  • to invigorate their imaginative potential;
  • to examine literature from the writer’s point of view;
  • to actively pursue their own poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in an intellectually stimulating environment;
  • to critically engage the inventive works of a multitude of writers from diverse cultures and time periods;
  • to respond to the central role of language in the creation of meaning and develop a sensitivity to the affective power of words;
  • to expand their awareness of the critical traditions that shape literary history;
  • to cultivate an ability to resolve the tension between theory and practice;
  • to utilize their capacity to analyze their own writing in a self-reflective manner while learning the importance of redrafting and revision;
  • and to work with and in relation to others, through the tried and true workshop model, in presenting ideas and collectively negotiating solutions.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many creative outlets that exist on campus, such as the literary and arts magazine, Marymount Manhattan Review, which is entirely edited and designed by our strong community of student writers and visual artists. Our students can also attend poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction readings sponsored by the English Department, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Literary Society; fantastic opportunities to get to know classmates, peers, and other artists. 

Furthermore, we prepare our Creative Writing minors for a multitude of future endeavors—such as graduate work in many areas, teaching, writing for media, editing, personnel and social work, management, and indeed professional creative writing; the ultimate goal to teach that becoming a writer is a life-long process and that literature truly can teach us how to live.

 


Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1006-brittany-murphy"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8178_b_murphy.jpg" alt="Brittany Murphy" title="Brittany Murphy" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> As an English & World Literatures major, Brittany participated in our joint program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing while still completing her undergraduate degree at Marymount Manhattan.  After working as a development editor at W.H. Freeman & Co., Brittany, in May 2015, has been a Development Officer at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1006-brittany-murphy">Brittany Murphy</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1004-perry-mateson"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8176_perry.jpg" alt="Perry Mateson" title="Perry Mateson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Perry Mateson started her film career working in the art department of big budget films such as The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Dark Knight Rises. She recently production designed the feature film Wifed Out and several shorts: Elliot King is 3rd directed by Rose Troche for the Future States series, Native Boy and music videos for up and coming pop star Ashley Allen. She assistant set decorated Affluenza, directed by Kevin Asch (Holy Rollers) for summer 2013 release.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1004-perry-mateson">Perry Mateson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2007, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/265,0,1598,1333/8165_minwalla.jpg" alt="Farah Minwalla" title="Farah Minwalla" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> <em>Interned at SPIN Magazine, Senator Charles Schumer’s Office, Common Cause, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection<br/></em>“My internship experiences provided me a glimpse of what life after college would be like without the shock of graduating college and starting my first job with little to no work experience. I am very grateful to the guidance I got from the faculty as well as the internship and résumé help I received from the staff in the Office of Career Services. Marymount Manhattan is a great place for taking advantage of the wonderful resources of New York City.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla">Farah Minwalla</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/997-ginger-kimler"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,248,899,1147/8169_ginger_photo_350_ppi.jpg" alt="Ginger Kimler" title="Ginger Kimler" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The support I got from the professors at MMC gave me the confidence to go anywhere and do anything! The English & World Literatures faculty especially felt like family. My professors knew I had a question just by the look on my face—I didn’t even have to raise my hand!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/997-ginger-kimler">Ginger Kimler</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006, Major in English and World Literatures</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1000-jessica-dragonetti"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,180,1293,1473/7838_jessica.jpg" alt="Jessica Dragonetti" title="Jessica Dragonetti" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Jessica is currently the Greenmarket Coordinator at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit focused on increasing economic stability for immigrant women through culinary workforce development and kitchen incubator programs. Prior to working in the public sector, she was in charge of retail sales and business development for the 100-year-old Orwashers Bakery, just blocks away from MMC. Jessica is currently enrolled in Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs as an MPA candidate.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1000-jessica-dragonetti">Jessica Dragonetti</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1003-louise-mattarelliano"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,100,100/8175_louise_mattarelliano.jpg" alt="Louise Mattarelliano" title="Louise Mattarelliano" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p class="wysiwyg_viewer_skins_displayers_MediaZoomDisplayerSkin-description"> While completing her English & World Literatures major at Marymount Manhattan, Louise was accepted to our joint BA/MS program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing.  She earned this degree from Pace University in 2010 and is currently a production supervisor at W.W. Norton & Company.</p><p class="wysiwyg_viewer_skins_displayers_MediaZoomDisplayerSkin-description">  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1003-louise-mattarelliano">Louise Mattarelliano</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1007-alexandra-palmer"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8179_a_palmer.jpg" alt="Alexandra Palmer" title="Alexandra Palmer" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Alexandra graduated from MMC with a major in English and World Literatures and a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2012. She was accepted into the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU to pursue her Masters degree. She also received two departmental fellowships to attend the Reporting New York program where she will learn how to create her own broadcasts on stories specific to the NY area and the nation.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1007-alexandra-palmer">Alexandra Palmer</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1108-renee-watson"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/644,322,1094,772/8674_r_watson_edit.jpg" alt="Renee Watson" title="Renee Watson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Transferring from a few different large universities in Texas and finally ending up at MMC, I entered the EWL and Creative Writing departments with a mindset that hindered my current accomplishments greatly. Only when I realized what the knowledgeable and encouraging professors could offer me did I begin to push myself, taking whatever they gave me and turning it into valuable insight for the future. I joined <em><a href="/departments/english/mmc-review.php">The Review</a></em> and was an active participant for 2 ½ years, even submitting and publishing a fiction piece in the magazine during my final year. Though I applied to several publishing-related internships during my time at MMC, I, unfortunately, did not have enough experience as my peers. Professor Feilla then persuaded me to join Pace’s Publishing program, and using that experience, along with what the English and World Literatures and Creative Writing departments and <em>The Review</em> offered me, I finally landed an internship at Oxford University Press, where I was a production intern. This spring, I’ll be a managing editorial intern at Open Road Integrated Media, and by May, I’ll have an MS in Publishing.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1108-renee-watson">Renee Watson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8181_brianna.jpg" alt="Brianna Stimpson" title="Brianna Stimpson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating in 2012, Brianna traveled to Asia for seventeen months to teach English in South Korea, work in news radio in Cambodia, and explore new cultures. She worked on the launch team for a state-of-the-art multiplatform performance venue The Greene Space in SoHo New York City, and is now working with NPR’s Branded Events Department to produce local and national multiplatform content from NPR’s new headquarters in Washington DC.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson">Brianna Stimpson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/996-ashley-quinn"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8168_a_quinn.jpg" alt="Ashley Quinn" title="Ashley Quinn" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ashley Quinn has been working at Media Information Services, a media advertising and intelligence firm in Manhattan, for the last five years. She is also slowly working on her  masters in Elementary Education at Hunter College.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/996-ashley-quinn">Ashley Quinn</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2007, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/998-julia-paglieri"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8171_j_paglieri.jpg" alt="Julia Paglieri" title="Julia Paglieri" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “As a transfer student from a large university, I deliberately sought out a small, urban liberal arts college determined to find the personalized education that was so desperately lacking at the school from which I transferred.  My initial goal was solely to finish my B.A degree; however, once immersed in the close-knit group which comprised the English & World Literatures major at Marymount Manahattan College, I finally found the academic experience that I had never known I had always wanted: it was the passion and dedication with which the professors and students embraced their respective loves of literature.  I had finally found my niche.  It was with this dedication, newly instilled by those in this department, that I went forward to pursue and excel in my graduate studies in English Literature at Hunter College.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/998-julia-paglieri">Julia Paglieri</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1010-nikki-bordages--winter"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8182_nikki.jpg" alt="Nikki Bordages- Winter" title="Nikki Bordages- Winter" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Nikki Winter graduated in May 2013 with a major in English. Nikki has since gone on to work at Young & Rubicom within the Latin American division of the Colgate-Palmolive account. Although thrilled at reaching her goal of working in advertising after graduation, Nikki has yet to get the pony she has always wanted. </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1010-nikki-bordages--winter">Nikki Bordages- Winter</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/988-cameron-cain"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,5,639,644/8163_ccain.jpg" alt="Cameron Cain" title="Cameron Cain" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> <em>Interned at Scholastic Corporation and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine</em><br/> “You hear it from all quarters: these days a college degree is simply not enough. If you graduate without at least one internship under your belt, your reśumé can end up on the bottom of the pile. But while internships may be vital to your future employment prospects, those internships can vary enormously in terms of what you get to do and what you end up learning. In my case, I’ve had two editorial internships. The first was at Scholastic, a company that publishes educational material for teachers, parents, and children.  The second was at Condé Nast Traveler Magazine,  where I was able to attend production meetings  and had opportunities to work on many interesting projects, including the creation of a family travel app for smartphones and iPads.  Both internships gave me the chance to learn from some incredible writers and editors, and to put into practice some of the skills that I have acquired as an English & World Literatures major and and journalism minor, including researching, editing, fact checking and pitching story ideas. Perhaps most valuable of all though was the glimpse that I had, warts and all, of what life is like in the publishing industry.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/988-cameron-cain">Cameron Cain</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/823-danielle-elizabeth-chin"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/30,26,157,153/7413_daniellec.jpg" alt="Danielle Elizabeth Chin" title="Danielle Elizabeth Chin" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Four years ago, I took one of many creative writing classes with Jerry Williams here at Marymount. He selflessly took the time to listen to my ideas and meticulously read and edit my workshop pieces, line by line. If I had concerns about class, Professor Williams addressed my email, even at four, five, six in morning. He cared about my writing as much as I did. I arrived at Marymount adamant about transferring but Professor Williams made me realize I was in the right place. He made me feel significant. He encouraged me to continue writing and it is because of him and my time in the writing program at Marymount that I am pursuing my M.F.A. and looking forward. The obstacles never seem as daunting with Professor Williams as a mentor and confidant.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/823-danielle-elizabeth-chin">Danielle Elizabeth Chin</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <strong><a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></strong></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/825-alex-dill"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/78,0,717,639/7415_adill.jpg" alt="Alex Dill" title="Alex Dill" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “What I liked most about the English & World Literatures major was the breadth of elective courses. I studied texts from a broad historical range and I was also able to study texts from a variety of cultural perspectives, particularly in classes like Woman as Writer/Subject/Audience and Gay & Lesbian Literature.  My creative writing classes also helped me to grow as a writer while broadening my reading horizons.”​</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/825-alex-dill">Alex Dill</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>