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About the Minor

Creative Writing at Duke is guided by the belief that the experience of writing and reading creatively is a gift to a student for life. It is a source of imaginative enrichment, aesthetic discipline, heightened awareness and a vital means of re-integrating thoughts, feeling and practice that are too often disconnected in our contemporary world.

The creative writing program offers numerous courses in all genres of writing at every level and a Creative Writing Minor, as well as a Distinction Project in Creative Writing. Courses cover a spectrum of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, memoir, travel writing, documentary writing, theater and more. The program is embedded in the curriculum of the Duke English Department, which has long occupied a vital and distinctive place both in the discipline and in the university, where it has served as one of the defining spaces of thought, conversation, teaching, and inquiry. Courses based in Documentary Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, and Theater Studies greatly expand and enrich the options for creative writing studies.

A regular series of writers-in-residence, visiting speakers, readings and on-campus conferences, as well as opportunities to work on a variety of campus publications supplement courses and support a vibrant creative community. Two outstanding journals publish student work: The Archive and Cantos.