Creative Writing Minor

What does a heroic mouse named Crane Conrad have in common with an accidental arsonist or a lovelorn high school janitor? All come to life in stories by Mount Mercy University’s creative writing minors.

Hone creative thinking skills and grow as a writer in a lively, supportive environment. Classes encourage experimentation, while providing guidance in writing basics. 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.

Experience sets you apart. See yourself in print and build a prolific portfolio to share with publishers or 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.

What will I study in my creative writing minor?

Students who study creative writing choose classes in a variety of topics, including:

  • Major English Writer
  • American Literature Survey
  • Writing and Popular Culture
  • American Drama
  • Literature and Gender
  • British Literature and Culture
  • Introduction to Film Adaptation
  • Major World Writers

You can find a full list in our course catalog.

Special Talent Scholarships are available to those with a passion for the arts.

Our alumni say Mount Mercy is the top school for a creative writing minor in Iowa:

"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

"My creative writing class has brought me such great joy. It is the one class where I can write in my own unique style. In taking this class I discovered I had a knack for writing poetry. This has opened my eyes to the importance of self-expression."

Lauren Kramer '13, English and secondary education major

“I couldn't imagine choosing a better school to further my education than Mount Mercy University. I've had some of the best opportunities while attending classes on the Hill and have established so many positive and close relationships with my professors. [...] I've always been one to push my love of writing away because I'm afraid there's no money in the field but when I really think about it, creative writing is what I'm most passionate about and that's never going to change.”

— Courtney Snodgrass '17, English major, creative writing & psychology minor