Creative Writing | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Creative Writing

The Art of
Good Writing

Clear, concise, and well-crafted writing is essential to every field. MCAD’s Creative Writing minor helps you develop the practical skills and techniques to strengthen your artistic practice, entrepreneurial venture, or general communications. Students examine a range of genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scholarly writing, business copy, and technical writing. The minor culminates in an advanced writers’ workshop in which students can narrow their disciplinary focus while taking it to a more advanced level.

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Hear about the student experience

As a Creative Writing minor, you will:

  • Read and write in multiple genres
  • Learn that good writing is a skill attainable by anyone through the process of drafting and revision
  • Gain knowledge from professional writers who are active in their fields
  • Workshop your writing with other students and faculty
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Class Highlights

This minor emphasizes a collaborative process of working on teams with students from all MCAD majors.

Required classes and electives include: 

  • Writing and Inquiry
  • Folk and Fairy Tales
  • Beginning Screenwriting
  • Readings in the Graphic Novel

After MCAD

There are many paths to explore with a minor in Creative Writing.

Potential careers include:

  • Author
  • Copywriter
  • Art Critic
  • Communications Manager
  • Screenwriter

“Creative writing helps me in my storytelling, because a lot of what I do is very narrative-focused stories. I think any major could benefit from it. You get inspired in ways you wouldn't have thought before.” –Gaelen Elliot ’22, Comic Artist