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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/1696-raz-cunningham"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,545,366/13653_r_cunningham.jpg" alt="Raz Cunningham" title="Raz Cunningham" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Aside from introducing me to the vital concept of literary criticism, [English and World Literatures] gave me a complete understanding of deconstructionism and poetic language, as well as provide me with a true sense of story and character, which have been crucially important in my work.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1696-raz-cunningham">Raz Cunningham</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006, Major in English and World Literatures and Communication Arts</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>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1697-josephine-graci"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,656,960/13654_j_graci.jpg" alt="Josephine Graci" title="Josephine Graci" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “[English and World Literatures] instilled in me strong communication skills - both written and orally - that proves to be instrumental in all industries.”  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1697-josephine-graci">Josephine Graci</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2000, 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/1008-jennifer-saavedra"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8180_j_saavedra.jpg" alt="Jennifer Saavedra" title="Jennifer Saavedra" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Jennifer Saavedra is an international multimedia journalist who has lived and worked in diverse environments such as India, Ecuador, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Ireland. She is currently in New York City working as a licensed real estate agent while collaborating on a journalism project about a community in the Ecuadorean rainforest.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1008-jennifer-saavedra">Jennifer Saavedra</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006, 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/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/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/824-katie-coyle"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/6,0,472,466/7414_kcoyle.jpg" alt="Katie Coyle" title="Katie Coyle" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Katie received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Her writing has been published in The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly, among others. Her debut YA novel <em>Vivian Versus the Apocalypse</em> was published in 2013.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/824-katie-coyle">Katie Coyle</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/999-thomas-fabricio"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8172_t_fabricio.jpg" alt="Thomas Fabricio" title="Thomas Fabricio" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The English & World Literatures major at MMC exposed me to an array of rich literary texts that I would not have read otherwise. Working through the major gave me the skill of literary criticism and analysis. The fact is that my work today, as a practicing attorney, and previously in law school, required me to employ the textual analytical skills gained at Marymount. Specifically, we learned to closely read texts and write about their meaning within different contexts and from different perspectives. We did this by learning theories of criticism and applying the theories to certain texts. That’s essentially what lawyers do, we apply laws to facts. The experiences and skills I gained from the MMC English & World Literatures major have been an essential building block in my professional career.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/999-thomas-fabricio">Thomas Fabricio</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, 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/1699-constance-madden"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,342,342/13660_connie_madden.jpg" alt="Constance Madden" title="Constance Madden" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “My situation was a little bit different.  I wanted to finish school because I had never completed my degree.Prior to coming to MMC, I had had several careers. After twenty-five years of working in the fitness industry, I wanted to make a change and I’d always wanted to get a BA in English Literature. My experience at MMC was so rewarding (I graduated Summa Cum Laude!), I decided to continue my studies at NYU. While in my Master’s program at NYU, I tutored many of my International Co-Students in Writing.  Once the students returned to their homeland, I continued to tutor many of them, often helping with their resumes as they applied for employment; teaching English as a second language.” </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1699-constance-madden">Constance Madden</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2004, 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/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/1698-betsy-stepina-zinn"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,393,393/13656_stepina_zinn_edit.jpg" alt="Betsy Stepina Zinn" title="Betsy Stepina Zinn" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The most important thing I learned from the [EWL] department was to read closely and carefully. A degree in English is invaluable for developing critical thinking skills that can be applied to all career fields. So, even though I’m an art historian, the act of reading a text translates into critically examining visual art.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1698-betsy-stepina-zinn">Betsy Stepina Zinn</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2002, 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/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/822-ruth-calhoun"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,8,774,782/7412_ruth.jpg" alt="Ruth Calhoun" title="Ruth Calhoun" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ruth began working for Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, in 2008. Trulia started publicly trading on the NYSE in 2012. She is currently the Senior Director of Sales Development.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/822-ruth-calhoun">Ruth Calhoun</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, Major in <a href="http://www.mmm.edu/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/1412-greer-temnick"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,0,700,463/11158_g_temnick.jpg" alt="Greer Temnick" title="Greer Temnick" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The most beneficial part of my MMC experience was learning from the knowledgeable EWL faculty. I was exposed to a wide variety of courses including Contemporary African Literature, 18<sup>th</sup> Century Literature and Literary New York. The depth and rigor of my courses prepared me for my current graduate studies, and the encouragement and guidance I received from the EWL faculty has pushed me to pursue my passion. I’m grateful to have been, and to continue to be part of such a supportive community.  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1412-greer-temnick">Greer Temnick</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in <a href="/departments/english/" target="_blank">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>