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Creative Writing Minor

Whether you’re an English major or plan to study aviation, biology, cybersecurity or practically any other field, your command of language is a valuable asset. A minor in Creative Writing will improve your written communication skills and enhance any undergraduate program at the University of Central Missouri.

Meet award-winning authors and write alongside our accomplished educators. Learn to communicate with precision — plus a touch of flair — by adding UCM’s Creative Writing minor to your bachelor’s degree program.

Flexible course options to meet your needs

All classes for UCM’s Creative Writing minor are offered at our Warrensburg campus. Some of the courses are also available online in an asynchronous format, for additional flexibility with scheduling.

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Jenny Molberg
Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing
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Tel: 660-543-8106 |

College of Art, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English

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Hands-on literary internships

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Pleiades Visiting Writers Series

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Small class sizes capped at 12 students

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Networking opportunities

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Some online classes available

What you will study

Whether you’re drawn to popular fiction or slam poetry, graphic novels or creative non-fiction, you can explore any written form of expression at the University of Central Missouri. Our minor in Creative Writing serves as your creative outlet, allowing you to complete courses in our English program without committing to the full major.

UCM’s creative writing classes run as supportive workshops. You’ll share your writing in small groups with classmates and get helpful feedback from professors — accomplished, published writers in their own right.

Improve your ability to compose with clarity, originality and accuracy through classes such as:

  • The Art of Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Writing Genre Fiction
  • Writing Fiction for Publication


Excellence in Creative Writing

  • A Best Value Bachelor’s Degree College for General English Literature (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in creative writing

Enrich your writing experience outside the classroom with fun activities and interactive events. The University of Central Missouri offers many ways for Creative Writing minors to get inspired:

  • Internships: Gain professional experience as a writer, editor or publisher by interning for Pleiades: Literature in Context. Help with each phase of production, from screening submissions to printing and distributing.
  • Student life: Exercise your writing skills through student organizations. Get involved with Arcade, a literary journal written and edited entirely by UCM undergraduates. Meet fellow writing students and support each other's work through the Creative Writing Club. You can also join many other groups just for fun.
  • Campus events: Attend readings by nationally acclaimed authors through the Pleiades Visiting Writers Series. Meet the writer through a Q&A session or share a meal and gather tips about their writing process.


What you can do with a minor in Creative Writing from UCM?

Are you hoping to publish the next Great American novel? Take on a side gig as an editor? Pitch products to major corporations? No matter your dream, you’ll be armed to articulate your vision as an effective communicator with a Creative Writing minor.

Ways to use your creative writing skills

The skills you gain in this undergraduate program can help you write everything from research papers to your final thesis — and beyond. Many undergraduate students pursuing a BA in English - Literature use the Creative Writing minor to complement their analytical work. Some add this minor to their bachelor’s in Business, Nursing, Psychology or even Music. Others pair Creative Writing with a second minor such as History or Communication.

In short, Creative Writing helps in any field by teaching you to communicate more effectively. With so many practical applications, our minor in Creative Writing is a beneficial companion to any bachelor’s degree. 

The skills you gain by minoring in Creative Writing can benefit everything you do. Use the helpful tool below to explore all of your career options.




Financial assistance options for your Creative Writing minor

The University of Central Missouri offers a variety of ways to finance your college education, including grants, scholarships and other financial aid resources to help make earning your undergraduate degree both achievable and affordable. 

Scholarships are also available for students in Creative Writing, including:

  • Robert C. Jones Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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A minor in Creative Writing pairs well with any discipline. Consider also completing an undergraduate certificate or doubling in another minor to enhance your expertise in a second area, such as:

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