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Creative writing (2022 - 2024).
The minor in creative writing offers undergraduates the opportunity to sharpen their skills while exploring the full range of literary genres, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. All students must complete 16 points of coursework in creative writing in order to fulfill the requirements of the minor.
The introductory workshop Creative Writing: Introduction to Prose and Poetry (CRWRI-UA 815, 4 points) or the study away course Creative Writing (CRWRI-UA 9815, 4 points) is generally the required foundational course, to be followed by 12 additional points from the program's CRWRI-UA course offerings.
However, students who begin their minor by taking one of the program's 8-point summer intensives—Writers in New York (CRWRI-UA 818, 819, or 835), Writers in Paris (CRWRI-UA 9818 or 9819), or Writers in Florence (CRWRI-UA 9828 or 9829)—are not required to take the introductory workshop (CRWRI-UA 815, CRWRI-UA 9815, or equivalent). Following completion of one of these 8-point intensives, students may take advanced coursework in the same genre as their summer intensive and/or move directly into an intermediate workshop in an alternative genre. Students may also repeat an 8-credit summer intensive to complete the 16-credit minor. Intermediate and advanced workshops may be taken three times for credit.
The creative writing minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C). No credit toward the minor is granted for grades of C- or lower, although such grades will be computed into the grade point average of the minor, as well as into the overall grade point average. No course to be counted toward the minor may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.
To declare the minor : Students in the College of Arts and Science may declare a creative writing minor by completing the minor declaration form on the program's website. Students in other NYU schools may declare their minors on Albert or as directed by their home schools. The program recommends that all creative writing minors contact the undergraduate programs manager in the semester prior to graduation to verify that their minor declaration is on record and that they have fulfilled (or have enrolled in) all of the appropriate courses for the minor.
Policy on Course Substitutions
Students may petition to apply a maximum of one outside course toward the minor, either as the introductory prerequisite (equivalent to CRWRI-UA 815 or 9815) or as an elective. An outside course is any NYU creative writing course without a CRWRI-UA rubric. To petition to substitute an outside course, students must complete the course substitution petition form (available on the program's website) and provide the course syllabus (as described on the petition form). The undergraduate programs manager will review the submitted syllabus to verify course level and determine substitution eligibility. Students must petition for course substitution prior to registration.
If the program pre-approves a non-NYU course for substitution, it can only be counted toward the minor if 1. the Office of the Associate Dean for Students in CAS has also approved the course credit for transfer, and 2. the student receives a grade of C or better.
Students wishing to begin the creative writing minor while studying away at an NYU site should register for Creative Writing (CRWRI-UA 9815) or, if studying away in the summer, for one of the 8-point intensives offered in Paris and Florence (CRWRI-UA 9818, 9819, 9828, or 9829). These courses are not considered outside courses and will automatically be counted toward the creative writing minor. All other creative writing courses taken away require a petition for substitution and are subject to approval by the program.
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Creative writing experiments.
Creative Writing Experiments provides a foundation in at least two genres or areas of creative writing (i.e. fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir, and/or translation). The conversations and writing assignments will be guided by a reading list that emphasizes modern and contemporary global voices. Students will write extensively and participate in workshops as they experiment with various forms and techniques. They’ll look at published works alongside student works-in-progress to better understand the strategies of creative writing. The goal is for students to practice and refine techniques drawn from a diversity of approaches, explore them through their own creative pieces, and to leave the class with a heightened appreciation for the complexity of making creative works.
Creative Writing Studio
Creative Writing Studio provides a focused workshop in one genre or area of creative writing (i.e. fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir, or translation) with an emphasis on modern and contemporary global writing. The course situates creative practices within the cultural context that shaped the particular genre or area of creative writing at the center of the course—in fiction, for example, magical realism and its ties to Latin America, the varied approaches to memoir across different cultures, or the haiku or tanka and its connection to Japan and East Asia. Central to the course is the development of students’ own creative skills and practices. Students will write extensively and participate in workshops as they explore various approaches and techniques. They will look at published works alongside peer drafts to better understand the craft. The goal is for students to become more skilled at writing and revising creative pieces of their own, and to leave the course with a stronger understanding of the strategies, elements, and imaginative possibilities of one area of creative writing.
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Degrees and fields of study.
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Fiction
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Poetry
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction
- M.F.A. in Writers Workshop in Paris - Fiction
- M.F.A. in Writers Workshop in Paris - Poetry
- M.F.A. in Writers Workshop in Paris - Creative Nonfiction
Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online by 5PM Eastern Time. If a listed deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or U.S. federal holiday, then the next business day will be the actual deadline.
Creative Writing Programs
- December 18 : Fall admission
Writers Workshop in Paris Programs
- September 1 : January residency (spring application)
- February 1 : June residency (summer application)
In addition to the general application requirements, the department specifically requires:
- Please do not send GRE test scores — they will not be reviewed by our Admissions Committee.
Applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores unless they:
Are a native English speaker; OR
Are a US citizen or permanent resident; OR
Have completed (or will complete) a baccalaureate or master's degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English.
Statement of Academic Purpose
In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
A creative writing sample is required. It should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction applicants and 10 single-spaced pages for poetry applicants. The font size should be 12 point or larger.
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Last updated August 2023.
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Harnessing Generative AI in Higher Education
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Unbridled Potential: Harnessing Generative AI in Higher Education
The stampede of ChatGPT in November 2021 began a wild ride that caught most of us in higher education off guard and knocked us off our metaphorical academic horse. Its rapid advancement feels like trying to control a bucking bronco as it forcefully kicks its way into our offices, classrooms, and lives, challenging us to discover how to best employ its power and unpredictable nature.
While higher education is not the wild west, we still find ourselves struggling with how to form this wild "horse" to work for us rather than against us. Like the experienced cowboy who sees potential in a wild bronco, we recognize power in the use of generative AI tools in the classroom. We need only to determine how to effectively secure it as an advantage for students, faculty, and the university as a whole.
My first task when I joined the BU community last year was to begin researching and developing resources for generative AI in higher education, primarily for faculty use in teaching. It was not long until I faced my first hurdle, there are no evidenced-based best practices in the traditional sense. This means faculty today are the pioneers in developing those methods.
Leveraging generative AI in the classroom has already become an integral part of higher education. Incorporating it into our own work, assisting students in developing AI skills, and exploring innovative educational applications serves to strengthen our commitment as educators as well as aligns with the priorities of the BU strategic plan . We will need to redefine objectives and adapt assessment criteria to enlist the skills students will require upon graduation. The intimidating aspect of these tasks is only the pace at which they need to be achieved.
A Powerful Tool
Just as a wild bronco becomes part of a team, generative AI too can be employed as a powerful educational tool. Exploration and familiarization with its potential capabilities in order to develop innovative, creative, and intentional ways to engage students in its use are all positive strategies. We also must continue addressing and identifying bias, privacy concerns, copyright infringement, and security risks these tools have already demonstrated.
Although we may not be the initiators of these tools, we should aspire to be the models of their ethical and responsible use.
At times the speed and force of this technology seems unrelenting, yet in the end it is just a tool, albeit a powerful one. Even in the dominating presence of generative AI, responsible use ultimately lies within the ethical and moral compass of the end user. The AI bronco shouldn’t be left to tear down fences and destroy the farm, instead it should be molded, guided, and conditioned to work for the greater good. Together we are “training the trainer” by providing the first generation of students graduating into the AI-embodied workforce the skills, tools, and values needed to be positive and effective leaders of this evolving technology. I believe BU is ready to embrace this role and “get back on the horse”.
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As Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning, Lisa Burgess supports faculty in the use and application of educational technology tools. She provides one on one assistance to faculty using educational technology, collaborates with Digital Learning and Innovation as well as Shipley Center projects with a focus on the use of technology to promote student learning and engagement. Lisa has 23 years of higher education experience, 17 of those as a professor of biological sciences. She holds an MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and an MS in Forensic DNA and Serology from University of Florida.
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