UMKC Catalog


Minor in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Minor (21 credit hours)

This minor is designed for students who are eager to give focused attention to developing their talents in poetry or fiction writing. Students must complete the following requirements (a):

One genre course in creative writing (3 credits):
ENGLISH 214 Introduction to Fiction
ENGLISH 215 Introduction to Poetry
Students are expected to elect the course that will prepare for a concentration in poetry or fiction.

One writing sequence in poetry or fiction (6 credits):
ENGLISH 312 / ENGLISH 432WI: Creative Writing I Fiction/ Advanced Creative Writing Prose
ENGLISH 312 / ENGLISH 437WI: Creative Writing I Fiction/ Prose Forms
ENGLISH 315 / ENGLISH 435WI: Creative Writing Poetry/ Advanced Creative Writing Poetry
ENGLISH 315 / ENGLISH 436WI: Creative Writing Poetry/ Poetic Forms

Two additional courses in creative writing, in addition to those taken for the writing sequence (6 credits):

ENGLISH 442 Playwriting I 
ENGLISH 443 Playwriting II
ENGLISH 312 Creative Writing I Fiction
ENGLISH 315 Creative Writing Poetry
ENGLISH 316WI Literary Nonfiction
ENGLISH 339 Creative Writing: Screenwriting
ENGLISH 405 Magazine Editing
ENGLISH 429B Creative Writing: Advanced Screenwriting
ENGLISH 432WI Advanced Creative Writing Prose
ENGLISH 435WI Advanced Creative Writing Poetry
ENGLISH 436WI Poetic Forms
ENGLISH 437WI Prose Forms
ENGLISH 438 The New Letters Writing Conference
ENGLISH 448 External Internship
ENGLISH 449B Advanced Creative Writing: Screenwriting
ENGLISH 499 Senior Tutorial (b)

Some courses in Communication Studies, Theatre, or Foreign Languages may also be applicable with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Director of Creative Writing.

Two courses focused on literature (6 credits):
ENGLISH 311 American Literature I
ENGLISH 317 British Literature I
ENGLISH 321 American Literature II
ENGLISH 323 Shakespeare
ENGLISH 325 Arthurian Legends
ENGLISH 326 Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature
ENGLISH 327 British Literature II
ENGLISH 331 African American Literature I
ENGLISH 332WI African American Novel
ENGLISH 333 African American Literature II
ENGLISH 336 Contemporary American Literature
ENGLISH 342WI Women And Rhetoric
ENGLISH 344WI Women and Literary Culture: Genre Focus
ENGLISH 345WI Women And Literary Culture: Historical Focus
ENGLISH 350 The 18th Century Novel
ENGLISH 355 The Novel Before 1900
ENGLISH 356 Studies in Poetry
ENGLISH 360 The Modern Novel
ENGLISH 365 Contemporary Novel
ENGLISH 375 Colonial Literature
ENGLISH 378 Asian AmericanLiterature
ENGLISH 404 Old English
ENGLISH 408 Harlem Renaissance
ENGLISH 410 Black Women Writers
ENGLISH 412 Chaucer
ENGLISH 413 Renaissance Literature I
ENGLISH 414 Milton
ENGLISH 415 Restoration and Early 18th-Century British Literature
ENGLISH 416 The Romantic Period
ENGLISH 417 Modern Poetry
ENGLISH 418 19th-Century American Literature
ENGLISH 422 Medieval Literature
ENGLISH 423 Renaissance Literature II
ENGLISH 425 18th-Century British Literature II
ENGLISH 426 The Victorian Period
ENGLISH 427 Contemporary Poetry
ENGLISH 428 20th-Century American Literature
ENGLISH 431 Late 18th-Century British Literature
ENGLISH 433 Histories Of Writing, Reading, and Publishing
ENGLISH 434 Postcolonial Literature
ENGLISH 440 American Culture
ENGLISH 441 Girls And Print Culture
ENGLISH 451 Shakespeare Comedies and Histories
ENGLISH 452 Early English Drama
ENGLISH 453 Modern Drama, 1880-1945
ENGLISH 455 Studies in the Novel 1740-1900
ENGLISH 461 Shakespeare Tragedies and Romances
ENGLISH 462 Restoration and 18th-Century Drama
ENGLISH 463 Contemporary Drama II
ENGLISH 465 Studies In The Modern Novel

(a) English courses in which students receive a grade below C- will not count toward fulfilling these requirements.
(b) Students must complete the writing sequence in poetry or prose before applying to the instructor for permission to take ENGLISH 499. Permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies is required.