Creative writers produce art from the written word. They write poems, tell stories, craft essays, create drama for the screen or theater---all with the material of language.
Writers are generally devoted readers. They learn from the writers that have come before them. And they develop their skill and range of technique through fertile interaction with other writers and artists.
Creative writing students at UMM
learn fundamentals of method in courses in literary studies and technique and
beginning creative writing. They then explore their potential, practicing
their craft in a sequence of intermediate and advanced writing workshops,
sharing works in progress with their peers, guided by faculty mentors.
There are two paths students may take with a concentration in creative writing. The first, the English, Creative Writing, and Book Arts program, immerses students in the field of literature and connects their works to ongoing literary and publishing traditions. The second, the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program, situates student writing within the larger world of creative expression across multiple artistic disciplines.
Both paths encourage student autonomy and creativity, and provide hands-on opportunities for studying and practicing creative writing. And both paths help students develop the writing skills that connect to professional success after graduation.
Creative Writing opportunities at UMM
Creative Writing Faculty
Marcus LiBrizzi, Professor of English - Click for details
Since 2007, Marcus LiBrizzi has published three books with a fourth
coming out in June 2011, Ghosts of Acadia. Two of these books are
scholarly and two are creative nonfiction. His work has received
national attention: Dark Woods, Chill Waters was the book that
inspired an ABC Extreme Make-Over—Home Edition episode in
Millbridge, Maine, in 2007.
Lost Atusville also received a national spotlight 2009, when it was featured in a front-page review in The New Republic and when it was mentioned in an online editorial page of The New York Times.
Gerard NeCastro, Professor of English - Click for details
Gerard NeCastro has edited Mankind, a TEAMS volume of the most popular medieval play; he founded Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages; he created and maintains the eChaucer website, which includes all of Chaucer’s texts, including original translations and a complete concordance; he also created and maintains Stage to Page, a website that includes almost all Middle English drama and miscellaneous Tudor plays.