Creative Writing

Program Description

a right-handed person writing a short story on a tablet of paper

Looking for a more creative way to earn a college degree? Minneapolis College’s Creative Writing program offers students access to a vibrant world of creative skills through intensive practice as writers and readers in three literary genres: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Whether you aspire to become a professional writer or to apply these creative skills to a wide range of jobs in the creative economy, the Minneapolis College Creative Writing program can help you fire up your imagination and make a deeper, more meaningful connection to your education.

Advantages

Enthusiastic, highly-skilled faculty who:

  • Love teaching creative writing,
  • Have strong experience as teachers
  • Have earned graduate degrees in creative writing
  • Have published their work as full-length books and in many magazines and anthologies.

Great students who:

  • Are passionate about writing and being creative
  • Want to associate with other creative students
  • Want to earn a legitimate academic degree that’s also exciting and personally fulfilling.

Opportunities to engage with a vibrant literary community

  • On campus, with other creative writing students and faculty
  • Throughout the Twin Cities, at events and workshops or through programs and internships, sponsored by awesome organizations such as -
    • TruArtSpeaks
    • The Loft Literary Center 
    • Rain Taxi Review of Books
    • Minnesota Center for Book Arts
    • Coffee House Press
    • Graywolf Press
    • Milkweed Editions.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

The creative economy is booming, especially with the rise of new digital technology and social media, and the Twin Cities area is considered one of the national hot-spots for business related to creativity, arts and culture. The demand for those who have strong language skills and can think creatively has never been higher. Earning a living solely through professional literary writing has always been a challenge, but the opportunities in related fields are abundant and continue to grow.

Potential Job Titles

  • Professional writer
  • Journalist, publisher, editor
  • English teacher, creative writing teacher
  • Arts administrator
  • Copy writer, creative director
  • Public relations specialist

Where You Could Work

  • Digital or print publisher
  • Newspaper or magazine
  • Broadcasting company
  • K-12 school or college/university
  • Arts organization
  • Advertising agency