Creative Writing

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

 

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.

Dr. Jerry Williams

Director, Creative Writing Minor

646-393-4118

Contact Email

 

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/994-cameron-kelsall"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/17,0,114,98/8164_cameron.jpg" alt="Cameron Kelsall" title="Cameron Kelsall" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The English and World Literatures major’s rigorous academic standards, diverse array of coursework, and emphasis on close working relationships between faculty and students perfectly prepared me to undertake graduate studies and begin teaching at the college level. English is one of the quintessential liberal arts majors, and I found the education offered at MMC has been invaluable to me in more ways than I can name.” </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/994-cameron-kelsall">Cameron Kelsall</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/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/823-danielle-elizabeth-chin"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/27,26,163,162/7413_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</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>
  • <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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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>