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Humanistic Studies (Minor)

Creative Writing Specialization

MICA offers workshop-style seminars in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, cultural criticism, and journalism. The writing faculty includes published poets, novelists, memoirists, and critics.

MICA Undergraduate students are welcome to minor in Creative Writing.  The minor entails:

  • completing at least three writing workshops
  • completing three additional courses in the Humanistic Studies department.

Working closely with an advisor, minors also complete a senior thesis. Past student creative writing theses have included full-length novels, short stories, poetry chapbooks and original plays.

Every year the Humanistic Studies department hosts readings by visiting authors. Past readers have included Galway Kinnell, Gary Shteyngart, Lia Purpura, Ishmael Reed, and Andrei Codrescu. MICA students also have opportunities to participate in readings on and off campus throughout the academic year. In recent years, MICA students have taken literary internships at Baltimore non-profits and magazines, and have won fellowships for writing residencies.

Featured Course

Learning the Past Through Storytelling

Histories are great stories, and there's no better way to learn about the past (and the difficulty of interpreting it) than to try to tell one of its stories fully, accurately, and with narrative drive. The Advanced Creative Writing course requires a meeting with the course instructor, Amy Eisner to discuss enrollment in this class. Email Amy at

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