Marymount Manhattan

Creative Writing

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far there is to go,” wrote T.S. Eliot.

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;
  • to work with and in relation to others, through the tried and true workshop model, in presenting ideas and collectively negotiating solutions;
  • 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;
  • to attend poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction readings sponsored by the English Department, Sigma Tau Delta, the Literary Society, and the Writing Center;
  • to prepare 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;
  • and hopefully to realize that becoming a writer is a life-long process and that literature truly can teach us how to live. 

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

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1005-mariely-moronta"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8177_moronta.jpg" alt="Mariely Moronta" title="Mariely Moronta" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Mariely currently works on youth crime prevention initiatives with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. An avid youth advocate, Mariely works towards connecting young people to educational resources. Mariely is currently applying to MPA programs with a concentration in Public Policy. Mariely attributes much of her academic/professional success to MMC’s English Department and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1005-mariely-moronta">Mariely Moronta</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, 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/1001-ryan-lawlor"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8173_r_lawlor.jpg" alt="Ryan Lawlor" title="Ryan Lawlor" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ryan was a double major in English & World Literatures and Political Science.  He went to law school at St. John’s University and is currently an attorney at the Law Offices of Eric H. Green and Associates.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1001-ryan-lawlor">Ryan Lawlor</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/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/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/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 2007 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/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/826-amanda-dilodovico"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/13,0,148,135/8170_a_dilodovico.jpg" alt="Amanda DiLodovico" title="Amanda DiLodovico" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The faculty in the English & World Literatures major not only offered me guidance, generosity, and knowledge, but also provided me with the tools to write effectively, think critically, and produce high-quality work. These skills are of immense value; however, the most precious resource that I gained as an EWL major was and continues to be the working relationships I developed with the department’s wonderful professors. They always considered my post-graduate interests in coursework and accommodated my dual major with ease. The English & World Literatures faculty, who I still consider allies today, not only offered me options, but provided me with a glimpse of the stellar career I could one day achieve. Since leaving MMC I earned my M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University, a discipline that incorporates both of my interests in literary/critical theory and dance performance. I hope to earn my doctorate so that I can become a college or university professor, and one day provide the same skills, options, and enlightenment to eager students that the English & World Literatures professors at MMC awarded me. I look forward to continuing my academic work in the near future and, of course, doing a great many things with my B.A. in English & World Literatures!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/826-amanda-dilodovico">Amanda DiLodovico</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/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/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/1002-jay-lemire"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,149,640,789/8174_jay.jpg" alt="Jay Lemire" title="Jay Lemire" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating from MMC, Jay worked at the Frick Art Reference Library of the Frick Collection while completing Bard Graduate Center’s MA program in design history and material culture. While completing research for his qualifying paper, Jay was awarded a research fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. He is currently Manager for Historic Content in the corporate archive at Ralph Lauren.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1002-jay-lemire">Jay Lemire</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/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/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/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.  Brittany is currently a development editor at W.H. Freeman & Co.</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/995-meghan-quinlan"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/179,35,554,410/8167_quinlan.jpg" alt="Meghan Quinlan" title="Meghan Quinlan" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The class sizes were small, which allowed for in-depth and personalized feedback from professors and a lot of freedom to explore what interested me most within each course. As a double major with dance, I was often encouraged to integrate interdisciplinary concepts and methods in my work as an English & World Literatures major, which was really exciting and useful!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/995-meghan-quinlan">Meghan Quinlan</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/993-annabelle-grace-royer"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/434,213,675,454/8166_aroyer.jpg" alt="Annabelle Grace Royer" title="Annabelle Grace Royer" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The skills I developed in Marymount’s Literature program have helped me to grapple with this life changing experience. I am prepared to consider the cultural differences between America and Taiwan with greater awareness and understanding as well as fulfill my teaching job with the utmost dedication.” </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/993-annabelle-grace-royer">Annabelle Grace Royer</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>