Creative Writing

Program Type: Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Minors

Minor in Creative Writing offers students an opportunity to explore the artistic side of English studies. Creative writing courses foster students' abilities as writers in a variety of genres including creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, as well as special topics in particular genres like gothic, science fiction/fantasy or screenwriting.

Students in the minor enjoy opportunities to

  • Workshop your writing in small classes with a 12:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Work with award-winning authors on novels, short fiction, genre fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoirs 
  • Intern with Writers Inc., USC Upstate's literary magazine and multiple-time winner of the outstanding student organization award
  • Courses Required for the Minor**

    • ENGL U208: Introduction to Creative Writing or ENGL U308: Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing (3 credits)
    • Two courses chosen from the following (6 credits total):
      • ENGL U308: Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing (if not taken above)
      • ENGL U364: Fiction Workshop
      • ENGL U366: Poetry Workshop
      • ENGL U368: Life Writing Workshop
      • ENGL U370: Creative Nonfiction Workshop
      • ENGL U397: Topics in Writing
      • THEA U378: Playwriting
      • WGST U369: Gender and Autobiography
    • Two additional English classes numbered 300 or above (6 credits total). Courses from the above list are recommended, but students may select any upper-level English courses. Topics in Professional Writing (ENGL U345), Technical Writing (ENGL U346), and Grantwriting (ENGL U371) are especially helpful to complement creative writing with professional writing skills.
    • ENGL U468: Advanced Creative Writing (3 credits).

    Total Hours Required 18

    **Please note, a minimum grade of C is required for all coursework, and a course taken in the major cannot also be counted toward the minor.

    • Erika Pertell, finalist for the 2016 SC First Novel Prize, winner of the Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Prize in Fiction
    • Wilson Casey, "The Trivia Guy," syndicated columnist, author of more than a dozen books, radio personality, and Guiness Book of World Record Holder
    • Tanya Newman, author of The Good Thief and Winter Rain, as well as short stories published in TWJ Magazine and Gadfly Online
    • Kristian Wilson, freelance writer and editor, books feature writer for Bustle and other online magazines
    • Theodore Kountourogiannis, freelance writer and editor, with publications in SEV Network, HiddenYou, Blasting News, and more

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