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With the opportunity to start your
course in the Autumn (Fall) or the Spring


British and international internships

Richmond offers all students the opportunity to take an internship

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Academic Requirements

We accept qualifications from around the world

Minor in Creative Writing

Programme Overview

The minor in Creative Writing is interactive and participatory. Students on the course will participate in writing workshops where they will explore a variety of different writing styles, from academic to feature writing. During these workshops they will write drafts and critique work providing an environment where they are able to develop their skills as a competent writer. Students explore works taken from works of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Time is also spent on journalism, new media writing and film.

Programme Structure

Minor requirements - US Credits 18 - UK Credits 72

CRW 3200 (3 CREDITS) Writing From the Creative Impulse
During interactive class sessions, student creative writing is instigated, developed and refined. As part of this process, similarities and differences between academic and creative writing are identified. Through a range of class activities that explore the creative impulse and foster engagement with a variety of texts as springboards, students are steered through multiple drafts of their work towards the attainment of a professional level of written presentation. Each student creates a portfolio of work during the semester and this is assessed at the end of the course.
CRW 4200 (3 CREDITS) Writing London
London continues to be a city that inspires all kinds of writers, both insiders and outsiders, hedonists and scholars. By exploring a number of well-known writers, as well as newer voices, across a variety of genres and media, students will continue to develop their creative writing skills using London as their primary source.
CRW 5200 (3 CREDITS) Script Writing
Students are guided through the creative processes of writing scenes for the stage, TV, and film. The building of character and plot is examined as well as the industry standard formats for writing in these media. Group and team work is encouraged as well as discussions, critique, and analysis of the narrative techniques used in existing stage plays and films.
CRW 5205 (3 CREDITS) Reading and Writing Short Stories
This course introduces students to a wide range of twentieth- and twenty-first- century short stories predominantly from Europe and America. It provides a critical framework for the understanding and analysis of short fiction, and introduces students to key authors and themes of the form. The approach is through creative writing practice: classes incorporate a writer’s workshop, in which students explore the short story form in detail, through reading and writing, and students are encouraged to read as writers. Students regularly submit their work-in-progress for critical consideration by the instructor and other members of the class.
This creative writing capstone course, for both majors and minors, builds on the knowledge and skills that students have gained throughout their degree. Students will enhance their portfolio by producing one single substantial work depending on their interests in their chosen genre and media. Strategies for promotion in the contemporary creative industries will be facilitated by a series of guest speakers.
LIT 5100 (3 CREDITS) Travel Writing
The course exposes students to the scope and the power of modern travel writing. It endeavours to provide an intellectual framework for the understanding and analysis of this genre and introduces students to important critical texts. Students explore works taken mostly from within the parameters of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Time is also spent on journalism, new media writing and film. Critical and theoretical responses to travel writing are explored, and an integral part of the students’ responses to the works they encounter will be the production of their own creative writing.

At least three of the upper division courses required for a minor must be taken at Richmond. No more than three courses may overlap within a degree between a student’s major and any minor.

Amanda Hein

I study on this programme

I have been writing for as long as I can remember and when I saw that Richmond offered a Minor in Creative Writing I was beyond enthusiastic to sign up. I can honestly say that I loved every class I took.

The Creative Writing Minor is a great program, from which you learn how to be confident with your writing and with sharing your work with a group. In the first few classes I found it nerve wrecking to read my personal writing to people I barely knew. However, after the first few weeks, I became excited to share my work. I looked forward to others’ critiques and comments. Not only did they help to improve my writing but it also taught me the value of others’ opinion.

Now that I am reaching the last few weeks of my degree at Richmond, my choice to take the Minor in Creative Writing could not be more justified. In my experience, employers look for those who cannot only write comprehensively and with correct grammar, but who can also write in an entertaining way for a large audience. I would highly recommend the program to anyone looking to upgrade their CV to its full potential.

Amanda HeinMinor in Creative Writing
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