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Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing Minor at California Baptist University offers a variety of writing workshops designed to develop students’ personal voices, writing techniques, and expression of personal worldview. These workshops challenge students to critically engage the works of published authors and peers, refine their own written work, and explore avenues for public expression and publication.

At CBU, students will be part of a close-knit writing community that offers feedback, support and constructive criticism as they refine their craft and work to express both their personal worldview and universal themes in a variety of genres and formats. Students within the minor are encouraged to participate in CBU’s Creative Writing Club and annual creative writing contest.

Courses include workshops in fiction, poetry, magazine writing, screenwriting, scripting writing, and creative non-fiction, and special topics are offered based on student and faculty interests.

Program Design and Career Opportunities

The Creative Writing Minor is designed to be a flexible addition to any major offered at CBU and offers students a chance to develop skills attractive to graduate schools and perspective employers. Students may continue on to a Master's in Fine Arts program or pursue careers in the writing. Students who wish to pursue careers in other fields will find that the Creative Writing Minor better equips them to communicate their ideas in both their chosen fields and their personal lives.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Creative Writing Minor should demonstrate competency in the following areas by being able to:

  • Recognize and understand elements from multiple genres (poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction).
  • Incorporate an organized strategy of literary elements within their own writing.
  • Articulate and appraise the relationship between voice and worldview in peer, personal, and published writing.
  • Contribute to a writer's community through collaborative critique and workshop.
  • Synthesize a variety of revisionary techniques and critiques into personal creative writing.
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Lower Division Requirements

ENG273 Intro to Creative Writing

ENG273 Intro to Creative Writing

This college level writing course is designed to introduce the creative writer to the literary genres, to encourage creativity, individuality, spontaneity and boldness for students in search of the writer within. The lecture/discussion is designed to encourage students to develop a writing voice and work toward a final project in one of the major genres. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG273-B B Dingman, Toni S. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2015 ENG273-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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Spring 2016 ENG273-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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Upper Division Requirement

Complete one of the following sequences:

ENG384 Writing Fiction

ENG384 Writing Fiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice fiction in various forms; articles, short stories, novels, etc. Prerequisite ENG123. (3 units; Fall odd years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG384-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of fiction writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published short stories and novellas, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students choose to write a novella or two substantial short stories, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG384 (3 units; Spring)

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ENG385 Writing Poetry

ENG385 Writing Poetry

This college course is an intensive workshop designed to encourage creativity in poetry. The class offers specific writing direction plus critical responses to students' works, both creative and analytical. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; Fall even years)

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ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of poetry writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published poems and poetry collections, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students write their own poems, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG385 (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG485-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Upper Division Writing Elective Requirements

Complete six (6) additional units from the following: 

ENG384 Writing Fiction

ENG384 Writing Fiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice fiction in various forms; articles, short stories, novels, etc. Prerequisite ENG123. (3 units; Fall odd years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG384-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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ENG385 Writing Poetry

ENG385 Writing Poetry

This college course is an intensive workshop designed to encourage creativity in poetry. The class offers specific writing direction plus critical responses to students' works, both creative and analytical. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; Fall even years)

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ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice creative nonfiction in various forms; personal narrative, topical essay, lyric essay, memoir, etc. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Fall odd years).

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG386-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

Focuses on different styles or aspects of creative writing each time offered-for example, creative non-fiction, storytelling, etc. See instructor for the topic currently to be studied. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; As offered)

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ENG431 LiteraryJournalEditing&Publishng

ENG431 LiteraryJournalEditing&Publishng

In this course students assist in all aspects of the publication of the campus literary journal. Students read submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, they work with writers to edit their pieces, and they assist with layout and design. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Spring)

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ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of fiction writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published short stories and novellas, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students choose to write a novella or two substantial short stories, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG384 (3 units; Spring)

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ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of poetry writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published poems and poetry collections, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students write their own poems, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG385 (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG485-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Upper Division Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) additional writing units from the following: 

ENG384 Writing Fiction

ENG384 Writing Fiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice fiction in various forms; articles, short stories, novels, etc. Prerequisite ENG123. (3 units; Fall odd years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG384-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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ENG385 Writing Poetry

ENG385 Writing Poetry

This college course is an intensive workshop designed to encourage creativity in poetry. The class offers specific writing direction plus critical responses to students' works, both creative and analytical. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; Fall even years)

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ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

ENG386 Writing Creative Nonfiction

An intensive writing workshop designed to permit the student to study and practice creative nonfiction in various forms; personal narrative, topical essay, lyric essay, memoir, etc. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Fall odd years).

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG386-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

ENG411 Special Topics Creative Writing

Focuses on different styles or aspects of creative writing each time offered-for example, creative non-fiction, storytelling, etc. See instructor for the topic currently to be studied. May be repeated once for credit with change in topic. Prerequisite: ENG123. (3 units; As offered)

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ENG431 LiteraryJournalEditing&Publishng

ENG431 LiteraryJournalEditing&Publishng

In this course students assist in all aspects of the publication of the campus literary journal. Students read submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, they work with writers to edit their pieces, and they assist with layout and design. Prerequisite: ENG123 (3 units; Spring)

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ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

ENG484 Advanced Fiction Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of fiction writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published short stories and novellas, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students choose to write a novella or two substantial short stories, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG384 (3 units; Spring)

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ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

ENG485 Advanced Poetry Writing

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of poetry writing learned in previous coursework. Students read numerous published poems and poetry collections, as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students write their own poems, which are discussed by the professor and students on scheduled workshop days. The works produced in this class strive to be of publishable quality. Prerequisite: ENG385 (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 ENG485-A A Updegraff, Derek J. 09/08/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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FLM301 Basic Screenwriting

FLM301 Basic Screenwriting

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of writing for the screen. The elements of theme, plot, character, and dialogue in dramatic writing for cinema will be studied. Students will learn how to construct screenplays by closely examining produced films, reading film scripts, and writing their own short screenplays. The course will provide a foundation in the basics of the three-act act structure, dramatic action, character arc, the revision process, and an introduction to the business of screenwriting. By the end of the semester, students will have produced and polished a twenty- to thirty-page screenplay for a short film suitable for production. Prerequisite: ENG 113 and FLM 105. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 FLM301-A A Eaton, Michael A. 09/08/2015 Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex
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JRN312 Magazine & Feature Writing

JRN312 Magazine & Feature Writing

Planning, gathering material, writing and preparation of articles for specialized and general media publications, with emphasis on the magazine article and newspaper feature; includes overview of the magazine market. Laboratory and field work. Students may only earn credit for either JRN 312 or JRN 350. Prerequisite: JRN 170. (3 units; Interdiscplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring))

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2015 JRN312-A A Chute, Katherine B. 09/08/2015 Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM James Complex
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Spring 2016 JRN312-A A Chute, Michael D. 01/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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THE424 Scriptwriting

THE424 Scriptwriting

A workshop in the practice of playwriting and screenwriting. Students are required to complete at least one play (or screenplay) in the course of the semester and to bring work-in-progress for regular discussion and criticism under the guidance of the instructor. Exercises to improve skills in writing creative dialogue, developing characters, and creative conflict and action will be part of the class work. Prerequisite: THE 232. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring even years)

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