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Creative Writing

Learn how to write in a full range of literary genres, from fiction to poetry to spoken word to creative nonfiction to playwriting. You will have the opportunity to conceive of, write, edit, and sometimes publish or perform your own creative work. You will leave UMass Dartmouth with a diverse collection of your own stories, poems, essays, and plays that will serve as a foundation for your writing life.

The creative writing minor is a valuable addition to any curriculum, no matter if a student dreams of being a published novelist someday or if they simply want the chance to explore the creative work that they are passionate about. It teaches you self-motivation, quick critical thinking, the ability to synthesize complex ideas, and empathy.

As a creative writing minor, you will work with award-winning, published authors who have written books, articles, essays, and poems—faculty members such as:

  • Lucas Mann, who has been praised for his two most recent books, Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere and Lord Fear
  • Caitlin Amaral, who earned the 2013 Ninth Letter Prize in fiction; her story "Waitress" won the 2012 Women Who Write International Short Prose Contest
  • Morgan (Mwalim) Peters, whose plays are performed internationally

Publish your work in Temper magazine, the English & Communication Department's literary magazine, and serve as the editorial staff for the magazine. You will select and edit content, design the issues, and organize the production schedule. This is invaluable experience that leads to internships, and potentially careers in publishing, marketing, media, or public relations.  


  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Advance your studies and earn your master's degree in professional writing & communication. This graduate program will help you gain the skills you need to work in the communication and technical writing fields.