Minor in Creative Writing

The creative writing minor at Trevecca Nazarene University offers five writing workshops in three different modes: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Each workshop provides a supportive, vigorous environment in which original student work is shared and critiqued.  Yearly opportunities include the annual creative writing contest and the Visiting Writers/Scholars series, which recently brought nationally recognized poet Mark Jarman and noted C. S. Lewis scholar Louis Markos to campus.  Interested students have the opportunity to serve on the editorial staff of The Cumberland River Review, Trevecca's national literary journal.

Recent Trevecca creative writing graduates have already begun publishing their work, in such journals as Boxcar Poetry Review, Deep South Magazine, The MacGuffin, and Tar River Poetry.  We look forward to talking with you about creative writing at Trevecca.  Please email questions and comments to Graham Hillard (ghillard@trevecca.edu).

Course Offerings

The creative writing minor is a fifteen-hour course of study that consists of the following classes:

Creative Writing: Beginning Poetry (ENG 2100) is an introductory writing workshop that emphasizes lineation, tone, rhythm, imagery, and other basic elements of style.  Students write and critique original poems, and contemporary poets are considered as models.

Creative Writing: Beginning Fiction (ENG 2200) is an introductory writing workshop that emphasizes pacing, characterization, dialogue, and other basic elements of style.  Students write and critique original short stories, and contemporary fiction writers are considered as models.

Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry (ENG 3460) is an advanced writing workshop that emphasizes both poetic technique and the relationship of poems within a manuscript.  Students will compose original work while studying several complete books of poetry from recent decades.

Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction (ENG 3470) is an advanced writing workshop that emphasizes mature narrative technique.  Students will compose original work while studying contemporary writers from recent decades.

Creative Writing: Nonfiction (ENG 3480) is a writing workshop dedicated to the creative essay, the memoir, the review, and other forms of creative writing that resist traditional categorization.  Students will compose original work to be critiqued in class, and contemporary essays will be studied as models.

The Cumberland River Review

The Cumberland River Review is a quarterly online journal publishing new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers around the world. Students interested in working on the editorial staff of The Cumberland River Review should contact Professor Graham Hillard at ghillard@trevecca.edu or extension 1369.

The journal may be viewed here.