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Creative Writing

Support your visual storytelling with the written word

Are you an artist or a designer who likes to write stories, poems, graphic novels, screenplays, or other forms of creative writing?

Are you planning for a career in Illustration, Fine Art, Animation, Design, or Game Design?

CIA offers a concentration in creative writing to help you grow as a creative writer while you become a stronger visual communicator and storyteller!

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Who can join the concentration? Sophomores, during your spring semester. If you know you’d like to apply for the concentration, we recommend taking one creative writing course during your sophomore year.

What will I write? You decide! The creative writing classes you take will help you explore many forms. Expect to try new styles and to develop narrative skills and confidence in your voice!

Will it fit my schedule? You’ll need 12 credits to earn the Creative Writing Concentration. This means three classes in Writing and one Independent Study during your senior year.

Select three courses (nine credits) from the following:

  • LLC193 Intro to Creative Writing
  • LLC206WX Hybrid Writing
  • LLC210W Science Fiction + Fantasy
  • LLC211W Poetry Writing Workshop
  • LLC214W Topics in Creative Writing (subtopics change each semester, eg "Text as Object," "Fiction and Desire," "Comics Storytelling," and more)
  • LLC301X Ecopoetry
  • LLC318  Screenwriting
  • LLC330X Story Hour: Editing & Publishing a Literary Magazine (EP)
  • LLC373W Art of the Personal Essay
  • LLC392 Fiction Writing
  • LLC419 Graphic Narratives

Your final independent study (3 credits) will take place during your senior year through the course LLC415: Body of Work. Not open as an elective. Three credits either fall or spring semesters-or 1.5 credits each semester. Total Concentration Credits: 12 (four classes). We recommended that you meet with your adviser to double check your schedule!

Contact Sarah Minor at with any questions.

For more information:

Sarah Minor
Assistant Professor | Chair of Liberal Arts
216.421.7369 | Contact