Welcome to the Creative Writing Minor!
Below you’ll find a checklist of first steps to complete as well as a list of resources and activities to help you participate in BYU’s vibrant creative writing community.
Declare the Creative Writing Minor at the Humanities Advisement Center (1175 JFSB),
Get to know the creative writing faculty: review faculty pages, read samples of their work, visit with them in their offices, and watch them read from their work at ers.byu.edu
Visit the Creative Writing Minor Coordinator if you need to discuss course transfers, course substitutions, or any other program-related questions (Joey Franklin, 4133 JFSB),
Enroll in classes
Check out the resources and activities below for more ways to get involved.
• BYU Creative Writing Community on Facebook: A great resource for a variety of creative writing opportunities, including writing groups, announcements, and job/ internship opportunities.
• BYU Writing Center: Offers readings, social activities, and critique groups in a variety of genres. Two locations (3322 HBLL & 4026 JKB).
• Contests: Several thousands dollars each year are awarded to the best student writers in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
• Scholarships: The department offers generous undergraduate and graduates scholarships for students studying creative writing, including those interested in study abroad and off-campus writing workshops and residencies.
CAMPUS EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
• English Department Reading Series: Hosts weekly readings by nationally respected writers in multiple genres, and includes Q&A sessions, mini lectures, and refreshments.
• Creative Writing Readings and activities sponsored by the BYU Writing Center.
• Annual English Symposium: Students present their critical and creative work in March at our annual symposium (proposals due every year around the end of January).
• Inscape Magazine an English+ course in the fall and club activity in the winter. Work on the editorial staff, read submissions, and submit your own work for publication.
OFF-CAMPUS EVENTS & ACTIVITES
• City Art Reading Series: A public reading held most Wednesdays at the SLC Library.
• Life, the Universe, and Everything: An annual 3-day symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy.
• Working Dog Reading Series: Eight readings a year by Graduate Students at University of Utah.
• Books for Young Readers: A 2-day symposium on children’s literature.
• Writers at Work: annual conference for writers in Utah