Creative Writing


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Creative Writing

Hone creative thinking skills and grow as a writer.

Expand your imagination

Classes encourage experimentation, while providing guidance in writing basics in a lively, supportive environment. You’ll be mentored by published authors — including an effervescent poet and a witty novelist — and study with students who share your passion for written expression.

Through Mount Mercy’s creative writing minor, you will expand your imagination and practice writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Students who study creative writing take multi-genre writing courses as well as more focused writing courses on topics such as the personal essay and creating characters. Independent studies are also available, providing students with limitless options of study.


Build a prolific portfolio to share with publishers.

See yourself in print to share with future employers through Mount Mercy’s annual creative writing magazine, Paha Review; or the university’s award-winning student newspaper, Mount Mercy Times. You'll also meet and learn from nationally known authors through the university’s Visiting Writers Series.

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Creative writing courses let you express yourself while teaching you the different tools and ways to do so. There is never a dull moment during class time and it's a safe place to experiment with different writing styles.

Casey Birkecht '13
English major and film minor

Careers in Creative Writing

Experience sets you apart.

Through internships, job shadowing and other career preparation, Mount Mercy students learn how to put their creative writing minors to use in the professional world, pursuing exciting careers in any number of fields related to their profession.

A minor in creative writing prepares you to work and communicate with people in a variety of careers.

Grow your writing skills.

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