R197. The Minor is Major: Talking about the Creative Writing Minor

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Creative writing remains a tested avenue to attract and benefit students in a well-designed English department. The minor can preserve CW as an area of study, attract new majors, and, most importantly, act as a springboard for student success in a variety of ways. This panel, with teachers and administrators from an HBC, a state university, and a private university, offers ideas and answers questions about the creation, value, population, assessment, and fine-tuning of a quality CW minor.



John Hoppenthaler's books of poetry are Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Lives of Water. He has also coedited Jean Valentine: This-World Company. Editor of "A Poetry Congeries," he is a Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.

Sharan Strange teaches at Spelman College and serves on the board of Poetry Atlanta. Her writings appear in numerous journals and anthologies, and in several museum exhibitions. Her honors include the Barnard Women Poets' Prize, Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, and Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of The Rabbits Could Sing and Eye of Water, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Thomas’s honors include the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Ann Stanford Prize. Her third collection, Red Channel in the Rupture, is forthcoming in 2018.

Wayne Thomas writes fiction, nonfiction, and plays, and he's the recipient of many awards, including the Baltic Writing Residency. He is former Editor of The Tusculum Review and Managing Editor of Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture. He is the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Tusculum College.

Erin Murphy is the author of seven books of poetry and co-editor of three anthologies, most recently Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona.


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