A liberal arts college may be an ideal environment to study and practice creative writing in a context that is both serious and supportive, a place where art is valued as a tradition, a discipline, and a personal expression of what it means to be a thinking, feeling human being.
The creative writing minor supports — and is supported by — MBC’s emphasis on writing skill as a critical component of being an educated person of the 21st millennium.
Creative writing courses here are taught by experienced and dedicated teachers who are themselves practicing and well-published writers within the genre they teach.
MBC student writers are encouraged to submit their work — and/or work on the editorial staff — of the campus literary magazine, Outrageous Fortune.
The creative writing minor is sponsored by the Department of English and therefore shares the department’s long-standing dedication to fostering careful habits of reading and thoughtful, clear, and sophisticated modes of writing.
Creative writing courses offer an effective way to learn how literature “works” by experiencing first-hand the challenges, choices, and rewards of embodying certain ideas and effects through the medium of language and the structure of literary forms.
The minor is structured so that students experience this process in at least two genres with advanced work in at least one. The 200-level courses the Crafting of Fiction and the Crafting of Poetry emphasize invention, process, and elements of literary craft; 300-level courses feature peer workshops.