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

  • Brianna Stimpson

    Class of 2012, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Nikki Winter

    Class of 2013, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Jay Lemire

    Class of 2007, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Danielle Chin

    Class of 2013

  • Mariely Moronta

    Class of 2010, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Ruth Calhoun

    Class of 2005, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Alex Dill

    Class of 2009, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Jennifer Saavedra

    Class of 2006, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Amanda DiLodovico

    Class of 2011, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Jessica Dragonetti

    Class of 2009, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Thomas Fabricio

    Class of 2005, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Perry Mateson

    Class of 2007, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Ginger Kimler

    Class of 2007, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Julia Paglieri

    Class of 2009, Major in English and World Literatures

  • Brittany Murphy

    Class of 2008, Major in English and World Literatures