Pursue a literary career with UW’s creative writing minor

Dream of becoming a writer? Consider adding a creative writing minor to your degree.

The creative writing program at the University of Wyoming teaches students how to create original work in traditional genres, including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Creative writing students are also encouraged to explore UW’s opportunities outside the classroom, including student readings, the creative writing club and the annual undergraduate creative writing contest.

Program Details

Creative Writing Minor Requirements

Curriculum & Courses

About the Minor in Creative Writing

In UW’s creative writing program, students learn the fundamentals of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and autobiographical writing.

Students can choose the courses that interest them most, making this minor the perfect complement to any major.

Not only do students learn creative writing skills, but they learn communication skills that will further their careers, regardless of industry or job title.

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Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program to pursue a minor in creative writing. All courses must be completed with grades of C or better to count toward the minor.

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What Can You Do with a Creative Writing Minor?

If you’re thinking, “What can I do with a creative writing minor?” The answer is that there are many things you can pursue! A creative writing education is, of course, beneficial for those seeking literary careers as authors, poets and editors. However, written communication skills benefit any career path.

Creative Writing Careers

Here are some of the job titles that UW grads have held:

  • Senior Managing Editor
  • Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
  • Narrative Producer
  • Creative Writing and English Language Specialist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Public Relations and Marketing Manager
  • Director of Marketing and Communications


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Where UW grads are getting creative:

  • Colorado Ballet
  • American Heart Association
  • Snow College
  • University of Wyoming
  • Riot games
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • ASUS North America
  • Self-employed
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Creative Writing Degree Highlights

At the University of Wyoming, we know it’s important to fuel students’ interests and give them hands-on learning opportunities. The creative writing minor does exactly that. Students can get involved on campus, choose courses that excite them and participate in the school’s annual writing contest.

On-Campus Involvement

Creative writing minor students are encouraged to pursue opportunities outside the classroom, including:

Annual Creative Writing Contest

Creative writing students can put their work to the test by entering the University of Wyoming’s annual undergraduate creative writing contest. Students may submit a fiction, nonfiction or poetry piece for consideration.

2023 winners received gift cards and the opportunity to share their work in a live reading.

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, B.A. in English

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Creative Writing Program

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3269

Email: cw@uwyo.edu