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/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/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/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/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/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/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 2007, 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/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/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/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/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>
  • <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/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/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/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>