Creative Writing Minor


A Creative Writing minor gives students the flexibility to explore the wide range of English studies with an emphasis on the composition of original creative works. As a Creative Writing minor you will read and discuss literary texts and develop your craft as a creative writer over the course of six classes (18 credits), many of which are also in the University’s Core Curriculum. Taking a combination of literature and creative writing courses gives students a deeper understanding of how to use language to express the intricacies of the human experience. Our Creative Writing classes emphasize the process of writing as well as the end product; the peer workshop or group critique of student writing, is the cornerstone of your growth as a writer. Detroit Mercy English courses are taught by award-winning faculty members who are passionate teachers and active scholars and authors.

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    Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor (18 credits)

    Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor

    The minor consists of six courses (18 credits) chosen in consultation with your English department advisor, including:

    • ENL 2050 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
    • ENL 3850 Intermediate Creative Writing (3 credits)
    • Four ENL courses from ENL 2350 or higher. See exclusions and criteria in the notes below. (12 credits)
    • Students must complete a final portfolio.
    *Please Note:
    • The minor must include three or more 3000- and 4000-level courses.
    • The following do not earn credit for the Creative Writing minor: ENL 1300 College Writing (3 credits), ENL 1310 Academic Writing (3 credits), ENL 3990 Internship (3 credits), AP or IB credits for English courses. 
    • Only one course from ENL 2350 Study of Fiction (3 credits), ENL 2450 Study of Poetry (3 credits) or ENL 2650 Study of Drama (3 credits) can be used for the minor.

Program Contact Information

Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of English
Briggs Building, Room 218
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1081
Fax: 313-993-1166