Department of Languages and Literatures

The Creative Writing Minor

Grant readingThe Department of Languages & Literatures offers In 2018, the North American Review was included in PBS's Great American Read.a Writing Minor with a Creative Writing option. This minor allows students to work with published authors to develop their craft and gain exposure to the world of literary publishing.

Creative Writing at UNI features small-sized classes with dedicated instructors. Students have the option of pursuing instruction in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Many students take the opportunity to volunteer or work an internship at the North American Review, America’s longest-lived literary magazine, which is housed at UNI and recently celebrated its 200th anniversary.

Natasha T. Miller reads at the UNI Poetry Slam (video by the UNI Professional Writing Program).Cedar Falls boasts a vibrant arts and literary community. Students attend readings by regional and nationally-known figures, share their work at regular open mics, and volunteer with Inner Weather, UNI’s student literary magazine. Creative Writing at UNI (Facebook group) is a great way to make your voice heard and to find an audience for your writing.

Interactive courses enable students to experience multiple genres of writing, including poetry, fiction, and professional editing. Click here for current Creative Writing minor requirements and course descriptions.



Click to learn about UNI Poetry Slams (video by the UNI Professional Writing Program)