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.



This is what the 18-credit Creative Writing Minor at Marymount Manhattan College is all about.


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