Toward Together:

COVID-19 Campus Preparedness Plan
×

Creative Writing

Minor

header pattern
pattern
Learn more about our program...

A CREATIVE WRITING minor from Graceland enables students to take their writing to the next level as they explore the infinite possibilities with the written word.

Offerings
Minor
Field of Study
Humanities
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • Creative Writing Minor

    Minors in creative writing must complete 18 semester hours as prescribed below:

    9 semesters hours of core creative writing classes chosen from the list below:

    Both of the following: (6 s.h.)

    3 semester hours from the following lists of electives:

    *Thesis Hours I and II may only be used if the student is electing to do a creative thesis. Instructor approval is required.

    **The internship for the creative writing minor will be focused on promoting and maintaining a creative writing community at Graceland and the surrounding area. Students will organize readings, serve as readers or editors for The Vespiary, and/or run after-school writing workshops in the broader community in addition to projects they may initiate themselves. These internship hours may be earned over 1 to 3 semesters.

    Courses Offered
    • ENGL2410Creative Writing: Poetry
      ENGL2410 Creative Writing: Poetry - 3 s.h.

      Study of poetry writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive poetry writing and class discussion. Emphasis on poetry as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2420Creative Writing: Fiction
      ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 s.h.

      Study of fiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2510Introduction to Film
      ENGL2510 Introduction to Film - 3 s.h.

      Study of cinema as an artistic endeavor, form of rhetoric, cultural mirror, and purveyor of ideology. Introduces the fundamentals of the discipline, to include vocabulary, concepts of film production, film reception, film analysis, film interpretation, and film criticism. Exploration of the artistic, commercial, entertainment, and ideological relationships between cinema and American culture, along with practice in the film literacy skills needed to qualitatively assess and communicate cinema’s artistic and cultural contributions. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.

    • ENGL3320Creative Writing: Nonfiction
      ENGL3320 Creative Writing: Nonfiction - 3 s.h.

      Study of nonfiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive nonfiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on nonfiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    • ENGL3420Structures in Modern English
      ENGL3420 Structures in Modern English - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to grammatical structures of the English language. Emphasizes the history and development of English in different cultural communities as a means to understand, rather than prescribe, how English-speakers use language. Encourages active participation in, rather than passive observance of, language’s evolutionary processes and social functions. ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.

    • ENGL3430Major Authors
      ENGL3430 Major Authors - 3 s.h.

      An intensive study of the work of multiple authors, with attention given to their literary, historical, and social milieu. May be repeated for credit when subject changes. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking
      ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

      A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL4150Thesis Hours I: Planning and Research
      ENGL4150 Thesis Hours I: Planning and Research - 1 s.h.

      Planning a senior project in the student's area of concentration.

    • ENGL4160Thesis Hours II: Composition and Presentation
      ENGL4160 Thesis Hours II: Composition and Presentation - 1-2 s.h.

      Preparing and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration. Repeatable for credit up to 2 semester hours.

    • ENGL4300Internship in English
      ENGL4300 Internship in English - 1-3 s.h.

      Off-campus practical experience in a communication related professional setting. Offers an opportunity for application of communication skills and knowledge in monitored individual learning setting related to student’s academic and career interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours.

    • THTR1220Beginning Acting
      THTR1220 Beginning Acting - 3 s.h.

      Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and exploratory exercises. Basic principles of stage performance designed to enhance the student’s appreciation of the art form are emphasized. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    • THTR3140Playwriting
      THTR3140 Playwriting - 3 s.h.

      Study and application of playwriting techniques and theory. In addition to a number of creative writing exercises, students will write a one-act by the conclusion of the course. Goal 2A.

    ENGL2410Creative Writing: Poetry ENGL2420Creative Writing: Fiction ENGL2510Introduction to Film ENGL3320Creative Writing: Nonfiction ENGL3420Structures in Modern English ENGL3430Major Authors ENGL3530Digital Filmmaking ENGL4150Thesis Hours I: Planning and Research ENGL4160Thesis Hours II: Composition and Presentation ENGL4300Internship in English THTR1220Beginning Acting THTR3140Playwriting
    Course Descriptions
    ENGL2410 Creative Writing: Poetry - 3 s.h.

    Study of poetry writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive poetry writing and class discussion. Emphasis on poetry as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 s.h.

    Study of fiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2510 Introduction to Film - 3 s.h.

    Study of cinema as an artistic endeavor, form of rhetoric, cultural mirror, and purveyor of ideology. Introduces the fundamentals of the discipline, to include vocabulary, concepts of film production, film reception, film analysis, film interpretation, and film criticism. Exploration of the artistic, commercial, entertainment, and ideological relationships between cinema and American culture, along with practice in the film literacy skills needed to qualitatively assess and communicate cinema’s artistic and cultural contributions. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.

    ENGL3320 Creative Writing: Nonfiction - 3 s.h.

    Study of nonfiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive nonfiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on nonfiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    ENGL3420 Structures in Modern English - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to grammatical structures of the English language. Emphasizes the history and development of English in different cultural communities as a means to understand, rather than prescribe, how English-speakers use language. Encourages active participation in, rather than passive observance of, language’s evolutionary processes and social functions. ELO5 Humanities - Innovation.

    ENGL3430 Major Authors - 3 s.h.

    An intensive study of the work of multiple authors, with attention given to their literary, historical, and social milieu. May be repeated for credit when subject changes. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking - 3 s.h.

    A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL4150 Thesis Hours I: Planning and Research - 1 s.h.

    Planning a senior project in the student's area of concentration.

    ENGL4160 Thesis Hours II: Composition and Presentation - 1-2 s.h.

    Preparing and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration. Repeatable for credit up to 2 semester hours.

    ENGL4300 Internship in English - 1-3 s.h.

    Off-campus practical experience in a communication related professional setting. Offers an opportunity for application of communication skills and knowledge in monitored individual learning setting related to student’s academic and career interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours.

    THTR1220 Beginning Acting - 3 s.h.

    Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting through improvisation and exploratory exercises. Basic principles of stage performance designed to enhance the student’s appreciation of the art form are emphasized. Goal 2A, ELO5 Arts - Innovation.

    THTR3140 Playwriting - 3 s.h.

    Study and application of playwriting techniques and theory. In addition to a number of creative writing exercises, students will write a one-act by the conclusion of the course. Goal 2A.

Exceptional Faculty
header pattern
Tuition & Aid

An education from Graceland is one of the greatest investments you can make but we understand that cost is often a concern. See our direct undergraduate tuition costs, room and board and other student fees and use our tuition calculator to get an estimate of what your cost will be. Find out how what a sample Graceland financial aid award package looks like.

ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865
Find out more!