WHY STUDY CREATIVE WRITING AT MBC?
- 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.
- The Doenges Visiting Scholar program brings to campus, on a rotating schedule with other disciplines, a writer of national reputation to mentor student writers. Recent Doenges writers-in-residence have included Maxine Kumin, Arthur Sze, and Francine Prose.
- MBC student writers are encouraged to submit their work — and/or work on the editorial staff — of two campus literary magazines, Miscellany and Libations.
- 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 100-level courses the Crafting of Fiction and the Crafting of Poetry emphasize invention, process, and elements of literary craft; 200-level courses feature peer workshops.