The creative writing minor is open to all WPI students regardless of major. Interested students should select a minor advisor and fill out a minor approval form. They may also contact Kate McIntyre with any questions or concerns.
Creative writing thrives at WPI, with courses that explore subjects like travel writing, playwriting, climate change fiction, and literary journal editing. A minor in creative writing invites students to enter dynamic, discussion-based workshops that center on collaboration and discovery.
Genres include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. There's a multi-genre class at the 1000 level—perfect for exploration—and single-genre courses at the 2000 and 3000 levels to facilitate deeper craft study. Because all good writers are, first and foremost, thoughtful and analytical readers, the minor invites students to pair their creative study with literature coursework. Students who pursue the minor will work in at least two genres and complete a final capstone project.
In addition, WPI’s Creative Writing Club is actively welcoming new members. To connect with the club, contact Kate McIntyre.
To earn a minor in creative writing, students complete two units of coursework, outlined below.
- At least three courses (one unit) in creative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, or poetry), including one course at the 3000 level. Students who consult with a minor advisor may include one course from a related discipline, such as Interactive Media & Game Development or Professional Writing, to be counted toward this unit.
- Two literature courses, at least one of which must be at the 2000 level or higher
- One capstone experience (a 1/3 unit independent study in creative writing or a 3000-level course approved by the student and advisor), which must be taken last