Creative Writing at NYU Shanghai: Worlds within worlds
Crafting a compelling narrative or poem is not only deeply satisfying in and of itself. We tell stories, memorize our favorite lyrics, and share lines from our favorite films because the right words in the right order create deep connections between and among us that resonate not only with our times, but with our pasts and our hoped-for futures.
Sharpening and refining your skills as a writer and as a reader also makes enormous practical sense. Whatever your career path, the better you are at communication, persuasion and at reading people and situations, the greater your success will be. Careful, sustained practice in reading, writing and discussing fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, games, films, creative nonfiction and today's emerging digital storytelling forms transfers directly to skills essential to success in business, marketing, journalism, game development, interactive media arts, the sciences — you name it.
And at NYU Shanghai, we focus not only only writing in English, but on ways in which multilingual writing and literary translation can further enhance and deepen both your creativity and practical communication, analytic, and persuasion skills.
You can also gain valuable experience by working with fellow students and faculty on print and digital publication projects, whether it‘s our annual print journal, The Poplar Review 杨高, our student-run online journal Bright Lines 青思, or our BackLit video interviews with renowned visiting writers and translators who appear in our NYU Shanghai Literary Reading Series.
At NYU Shanghai, creative writing is not just about you and your words alone — it's also about community, events, connection, learning new skills, and growth.
Finally, if you're a Humanities or Interactive Media Arts major at NYU Shanghai, many of our courses can both fulfill elective credits and enrich and inform your studies in your major.
You can complete the Creative Writing Minor with 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.
You can also 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, or contact the Creative Writing Coordinator.