Application Procedures and Academic Requirements for the Minor in Creative Writing

Declaring the Creative Writing Minor & Requirements

Students declaring the minor must:

  • earn a 'B' or above in all of the creative writing minor courses and
  • produce an original portfolio by the end of the final semester of matriculation, after taking the five creative writing minor courses

If you wish to pursue the minor, you need four semesters in which to take the minor courses, and you need to take INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING. Courses including Intro to Creative Writing may be taken in any order. Because of the limited courses available each semester, it will take you at least 2 full years (4 consecutive semesters) to complete the minor.  Please allow the needed time to complete this minor prior to your graduation.

To declare the creative writing minor please download and fill out the Declaration of Major/Minor form: click here.

Academic Requirements for Admitted Students:

The minor in creative writing is an 18-credit program. Students accepted to the minor will choose either the fiction or poetry genre. To satisy the requirements for the minor in creative writing, students must:

  • complete the Intro to Creative Writing and four minor courses in their genre (15.0 credits), in whatever order they choose. Students may, with faculty permission, take one cross-genre course as one of their four creative writing minor courses. 
  • take one elective course that satisfies the literature course requirement by taking either the Writers at Newark undergraduate course (3.0 credits), or successfully completing one literature course. For information on which courses may count toward the minor, please consult the English department or the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Students must maintain grades of 'B' or above in all of their minor courses.


Creative Writing Minor courses use the following grading rubric:

Attendance: 20% of the final grade will be based on attendance. Attendance is required because of the nature of the workshop format. Every student’s voice is valuable, and necessary to the class. Many of the assignments require students to work with each other in class. All must be present for these exchanges to occur. Absences are acceptable in case of illness, emergency, religious observation, a death in the family.  Other approved absences are at the discretion of the professor. Students should email the professor ahead of time to communicate or request an absence. Two or more unexcused absences may result in a letter drop in grade.

Participation and In-Class Work:  30% of the final grade will be based on class participation, including in-class written assignments and group work, as well as contribution to class discussions of readings and assignments. Roll will be taken at every class.
1) Thoughtful, considered comments reflecting close reading of assignments; ability to engage in productive dialogue: 10%
2) active engagement in in-class writing activities/ individual or group work: 10%
3) In- class work clearly demonstrates progression of  composition //revision skills: 10%

Written Assignments: 30% of the grade will be based on written assignments. Essays, response pieces and creative writing assignments will be assessed and graded according to the following rubric:
1)    Evidence of comprehension of the assigned form. 10%
2)    Evidence of effort and increased skill. 10%
3)    A creative and thoughtful approach to the assignment. 5%
4)    Mechanics such as spelling and grammar. 5%

Portfolio: 20% of the grade will be based on the portfolio of written, revised work turned in at the end of the class. The portfolio will be graded according to the following criteria.
1)    Evidence of comprehension of material presented in class. 10%
2)    Revisions made according to class and teacher comments.  5%
3)    Creativity of revisions to final work. 5%