Each semester, the Writing Program offers several courses in creative writing. Some of these classes are designed for our Creative Writing minors, but many are open to all interested students who want to explore their abilities with language, expand their creativity, and make art.
Why Study Creative Writing?
To become a better storyteller. To grow your imagination. To analyze human motivations. To play with language. To study the workings of narrative. To make sense of your experience at NYU-SH. To become a more emphatic person. To relish in beauty. To narrate the stories of your family. To put desire, suffering, joy on the page. To resist the obvious and the banal. To abolish cliché. To write sonnets. To have your thoughts sweetened by metaphor. To perfect sentences. To change endings. To read and read. To sharpen your sense of human psychology. To create jokes. To dissect jokes. To be heard. To transform the world. To share what you know. To discover what you don’t know. To create whole worlds. To persuade. To master the poetic line. To find your voice. To dwell in possibility.
What Can You do With a Creative Writing Minor?
Write novels. Write screenplays for film and television. Write true stories as a dashing journalist. Write speeches for your favorite politicians. Create music. Teach. Write grants for amazing non-profits. Work in publishing. Write business pitches. Design ad campaigns à la Mad Men. Really anything you want.
Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor
You may complete the Creative Writing minor by taking 16 credits:
Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)
8 credits of intermediate or advanced level Creative Writing craft courses
4 credits of an additional Creative Writing craft course (of any level) or a designated elective (usually in literature, theater, or film).
Note: There are 2-credit options both within the Creative Writing area as well as 2-credit electives in other areas that count towards the Creative Writing minor.
While we offer all necessary courses here in Shanghai, you might also choose to take creative writing courses at a number of NYU’s global academic centers. Those looking for intensive summer course have opportunities to enroll in three engaging summer programs: Writers in Paris, Writers in Florence, and Writers in New York.
Humanities majors may take creative writing courses to fulfill some of the major requirements. Please see your academic advisor for more details.
Below you'll find the creative writing courses offered in the Spring 2017 term.