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Minor in Creative Writing



About the Creative Writing Minor

The Minor in Creative Writing offers undergraduates the opportunity to hone their writing skills while exploring the full range of literary genres including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Minor is a sixteen-point credit load. CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction & Poetry (or CRWRI-UA 9815 Creative Writing, or equivalent) is generally the foundational course, to be followed by twelve additional points from the Creative Writing Program's offerings. Usually, this is in the form of three additional higher-level workshops (any combination of Intermediate, Advanced, or Master Classes; four points each) or one higher-level workshop combined with one of our summer intensives (Writers in New York, Writers in Paris, or Writers in Florence; eight points each).

Students who begin their Minor coursework by completing an 8-credit summer intensive (Writers in New York, Writers in Paris, or Writers in Florence) are not required to take the introductory workshop. Following completion of the summer intensive, they may take advanced coursework in the same genre as their summer intensive and/or move directly into an intermediate workshop in an alternative genre. The introductory workshop (CRWRI-UA 815, CRWRI-UA 9815, or equivalent) and each of the summer intensives (CRWRI-UA 818, CRWRI-UA 819, CRWRI-UA 835, CRWRI-UA 9818, CRWRI-UA 9819, CRWRI-UA 9828, and CRWRI-UA 9829) may only be taken once for credit. For CAS students, all other workshops may be taken up to three times for credit. If you are not a CAS student, please check with your advisor about your home school’s policy on course repeatability.

The Minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. No credit toward the Creative Writing Minor is granted for grades of C- or lower, although such grades will be computed into the grade point average of the Minor, as well as into the overall grade point average. No course to be counted toward the Minor may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

In the semester prior to graduation, we recommend that Creative Writing Minors contact the Creative Writing Program to verify that their declarations are on record and that they have fulfilled (or have enrolled in) all of the appropriate courses for the Minor.

Available courses in Creative Writing are as follows:

Introductory Workshops
No prerequisite. 4 points.

♦ On-Campus (CRWRI-UA 815 Creative Writing: Intro to Fiction & Poetry)
♦ Abroad (CRWRI-UA 9815 Creative Writing, locations vary by term)

Intermediate Workshops
♦ CRWRI-UA 816 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815, OR CRWRI-UA 9815, OR CRWRI-UA.816, OR CRWRI-UA 818/819, OR CRWRI-UA 9818/9819, OR CRWRI-UA 9828/9829, OR CRWRI-UA 860, OR COSEM-UA 118 or equivalent. 4 points.
♦ CRWRI-UA 817 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815, OR CRWRI-UA 9815, OR CRWRI-UA.817, OR CRWRI-UA 818/819, OR CRWRI-UA 9818/9819, OR CRWRI-UA 9828/9829, OR CRWRI-UA.870, OR FRSEM-UA 388 or equivalent. 4 points.
 ♦ CRWRI-UA 825 Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815, OR CRWRI-UA 9815, OR CRWRI-UA 818/819, OR CRWRI-UA 9818/9819, OR CRWRI-UA 9828/9829, OR CRWRI-UA 825, OR CRWRI-UA.880 or equivalent. 4 points.

Advanced Workshops
♦ CRWRI-UA 820 Advanced Fiction Workshop
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 816,
OR CRWRI-UA 818, OR CRWRI-UA 9818, OR CRWRI-UA 9828, OR CRWRI-UA 820, OR CRWRI-UA 860 or equivalent. 4 points.
♦ CRWRI-UA 830 Advanced Poetry Workshop
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 817,
OR CRWRI-UA 819, OR CRWRI-UA 9819, OR CRWRI-UA 9829, OR CRWRI-UA 830, OR CRWRI-UA 870 or equivalent. 4 points.
♦ CRWRI-UA 850 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 825,
OR CRWRI-UA 850, OR CRWRI-UA 880 or equivalent. 4 points. 

Master Classes
Application required for all master classes.

♦ CRWRI-UA 860 Master Class in Fiction
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815,
OR CRWRI-UA 9815, OR CRWRI-UA 816, OR CRWRI-UA 818/819, OR CRWRI-UA 9818/9819, CRWRI-UA 9828/9829, OR CRWRI-UA 820,  OR CRWRI-UA 860 or equivalent. 4 points.
♦ CRWRI-UA 870 Master Class in Poetry
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815,
OR CRWRI-UA 9815, OR CRWRI-UA 817, OR CRWRI-UA 818/819, OR CRWRI-UA 9818/9819,  OR CRWRI-UA 9828/9829, OR CRWRI-UA 830, OR CRWRI-UA 870, OR FRSEM-388, or equivalent. 4 points.
♦ CRWRI-UA 880 Master Class in Creative Nonfiction
Prerequisite: CRWRI-UA 815,
OR CRWRI-UA 9815, OR CRWRI-UA 818/819, OR CRWRI-UA 9818/9819, OR CRWRI-UA 9828/9829, OR CRWRI-UA 825, OR CRWRI-UA 850, OR CRWRI-UA 880 or equivalent. 4 points. 

Summer Intensives

No prerequisite. Application required. 8 points.

♦ CRWRI-UA 818 Writers in New York: Fiction
♦ CRWRI-UA 819 Writers in New York: Poetry
♦ CRWRI-UA 835 Writers in New York: Creative Nonfiction 
♦ CRWRI-UA 9818 Writers in Paris: Fiction
♦ CRWRI-UA 9819 Writers in Paris: Poetry
♦ CRWRI-UA 9828 Writers in Florence: Fiction
♦ CRWRI-UA 9829 Writers in Florence: Poetry


Declaring the Creative Writing Minor

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) must submit the electronic Minor Declaration Form. Students in Stern, Tisch, Steinhardt, and Gallatin must declare the Minor through their respective colleges (this can be done by declaring a "Cross-School Minor" through Albert). If you have any questions about the Creative Writing Minor, or if you'd like to set up an advising appointment, please contact Jessica Flynn, Undergraduate Programs Manager, at jessica.flynn@nyu.edu.


Course Substitution Policy

Students may petition to apply a maximum of one outside course towards the Minor, either as the introductory prerequisite (equivalent to CRWRI-UA 815) or as an elective. An outside course is defined as any creative writing course offered outside of the CAS Creative Writing Program. To petition to substitute an outside course, students must submit the Course Substitution Petition form, along with the course's syllabus. We will review the submitted syllabus to verify course level and determine substitution eligibility. We recommend petitioning prior to the registration period, so you know in advance if a proposed course can serve as substitute. Upon submitting the course substitution petition form, please send the syllabus and any other supporting materials to:

Jessica Flynn
Undergraduate Programs Manager
jessica.flynn@nyu.edu

Transfer Students: Please note that in order for transfer credit to be counted toward the Creative Writing Minor, NYU must first approve the course credit for transfer, and these credits must be reflected on your NYU transcript.