The minor in creative writing is designed to provide an added area of competency for students. It entails the study of creative writing in multiple genres as well as the literary traditions of short fiction, the novel, and poetry. In addition to the personal value this minor will have for any student, it will help students preparing for many professions as they develop their communication and rhetorical skills and practice thinking creatively. In workshops, students learn how to critique effectively their own and others’ writing. Students should consult their major advisers about the appropriateness of this minor for their majors.