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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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>