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Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6453

Fax: 307-766-3189

Email: cw@uwyo.edu

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Undergraduate Minor

Creative Writing Program

Welcome to the Creative Writing Program!

The Creative Writing Program at the University of Wyoming teaches students the fundamentals of creating original  work in traditional genres (poetry, fiction, and  non-fiction) while providing exciting opportunities for the exploration of blended genres and interdisciplinary work. An   undergraduate student can earn a flexibly designed   minor in Creative Writing that complements majors from a wide array of departments and colleges

In the classroom, students develop communication skills that serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Creative Writing minors also enjoy writing opportunities outside of the classroom, including:

  • Student Readings

  • Creative Writing Club

  • Specialty Workshop Sessions

  • Annual Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest

  • Internships

Course Requirements for the Minor

  • Intro to Creative Writing (3 credit hours)

CW 1040. (3 credit hours) This course is designed to help you craft various works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. In addition to in-class writing exercises, creative exercises outside of class, and discussions, you will critique each other’s writing in a constructive workshop atmosphere—thereby developing useful editorial skills that will help you improve your own writing. Through lecture and discussion, we will explore the technique and devices involved in creating fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We will read and discuss the works of many different writers, using their technique and content as a guide for your own writing. Prerequisite: None

  • Two Lower Division Creative Writing Courses (6 credit hours)

CW 2050. Introduction to Fiction (3 credit hours) Students read and write short fiction, with the purpose of learning the elements that comprise good fiction: setting, character, plot, point of view, voice, etc. Through discussion, writing exercises, reading, and workshop, students will practice honing their own fiction-writing skills. Prerequisite: COM1

CW 2060. Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction (3 credit hours)  In general, the course will teach students to research, organize, and express themselves in a nonfiction genre, such as essay, memoir, article, biography, autobiography, etc. Prerequisite: COM1*

CW 2070. Creative Autobiographical Writing (3 credit hours) Students read and explore in writing five autobiographical forms: brief bio for publicity and job application purposes, memoir, personal essay, confession and fictional monologue. Prerequisite: COM1.*

CW 2080. Introduction to Poetry (3 credit hours) Students will read and analyze forms of poetry, and practice writing their own poems. Through discussion and workshop, students will practice honing their own poetry-writing skills.  Prerequisite: COM1.*

CW 2125. Writing in Popular Genres (3 credit hours) This course changes theme from semester to semester, depending on the professor. Students will immerse themselves in a specific genre/form through intense reading and writing assignments, class discussion and workshop. Past courses have focused on Noir and Science Fiction.Prerequisite: COM 1*  Creative Writing Minors may choose to use this course to fulfill one of the Literature Requirements by informing their Minor Advisor.

*Completion of the COM1 is a Required Prerequisite for the 2000-level courses; We strongly recommend that CW 1040 is also completed before registering for a 2000-level course in Creative Writing.

  • One Upper Division Creative Writing Workshop (3 credit hours)

CW 4050. Writer’s Workshop (3 credit hours). This is the capstone of the CW Minor. This course varies depending on semester and professor. In general, this is the course where students get the most workshop experience and the best opportunity to share their work with their peers and their professor. Depending on the theme of the course, students submit manuscripts in the short story, poetry, drama, etc, for criticism and consultation. Examples of past/future CW 4050 themes: The Novella/Linked Short Stories; The Camera’s “I”: Experimental Film and Creative Non-Fiction; Book Arts (this is team-taught by visual artist Mark Ritchie and fiction writer Alyson Hagy). Prerequisites: One 2000-level creative writing class in the appropriate genre or consent of instructor.

  • Two Literature Courses (6 credit hours)

These courses can be found primarily through the English department, but there is flexibility, depending on a student’s major. Students should always check with a Creative Writing advisor to make sure they are taking the right course.

For more information about the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, contact Val Pexton (vapexton@uwyo.edu) or Paul Bergstraesser (pbergst1@uwyo.edu).

Course Descriptions

Fall 2018 course descriptions

Spring 2018 course descriptions

Student testimonial:

"I am so glad that I pursued a minor in Creative Writing at UW. Each class offered a fascinating exploration of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or a surprising combination of multiple genres. UW's Creative Writing instructors are world-class. Their encouragement and support helped me grow as a writer and gave me the confidence I needed to continue on my path to a writing life."  Katherine Heller, student

Undergraduate Creative Writing Club

Cliché Can Kill:

"CCK:  A Writer's Club is a group for writers, by writers.  We all know that it can be hard to find time to write during the semester.  CCK (AKA Cliche Can Kill) is open to any UW student, regardless of major or writing interest.  We are a group to encourage writing and mutual support amongst members, as well as to develop the craft.  We workshop stories/poems/essays, do free writing activities, and have events throughout the semester.  Many members are also creative writing minors, and have a connection to the writing program at UW.  If you are interested, check us out on UW Connect at https://uwyo.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/clichecankill, or email our president at jfahlsin@uwyo.edu.  Write on!"

Contact Us

Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6453

Fax: 307-766-3189

Email: cw@uwyo.edu

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