Writing Across Disciplines

Learn to write about diverse subjects, engage distinct audiences and write in different genres and styles. UNC’s Writing minor offers opportunities to sharpen your writing skills through real-world engagement, including writing workshops and peer review, honors work in creative writing and community internship programs. Our faculty include prize-winning, published writers in diverse genres who will work closely with you as teachers and mentors.

Experiences to Enrich Your Education and Career

You'll deepen your knowledge through opportunities to work on UNC’s literary magazine The Crucible. The bi-annual magazine features poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, photography and traditional and digital art. Find out more.

I became a better reader, writer and scholar as a result of my Writing minor. I credit the program with a great portion of my academic success because of how interdisciplinary the subject naturally is, and how committed everyone was to allowing me to say what I’ve always needed to say and could never quite access. 

 - Maria Zalesky, 2014 UNC English graduate

Your Future in Writing

At UNC, you’ll find a collaborative learning environment led by accessible and supportive instructors who bring professional writing experience to the classroom. We offer creative writing courses from the introductory to the advanced levels, in screenwriting, poetry, prose fiction and creative nonfiction. We also offer advanced special topics courses in editing, stylistics and autobiography and memoir.

Consider UNC's Writing minor if you:

  • Want to strengthen your writing skills and explore different forms of writing
  • Enjoy working in small classes with close faculty mentorship

You’ll learn:

  • History and theories of writing
  • Strategies and skills for writing in different disciplines
  • Creative and analytical skills

Sample courses:

  • The Art of Persuasion
  • Creative Writing – Fiction
  • Technical Writing
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Creative Writing – Poetry
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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Lisa Zimmerman

Associate Professor of English

Lisa Zimmerman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English and History from Colorado State University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in anthologies as well as magazines including Cave Wall, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, The Sun, Natural Bridge, and Indiana Review, among other journals, and is the winner of Redbook’s Short Story contest. She is the author of five poetry collections including The Light at the Edge of Everything (Anhinga Press 2008) and Snack Size: Poems (Mello Press 2012). Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

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Beyond the Classroom

Whether you’re an aspiring author or plan to pursue a career in business, the writing skills you gain in this program will provide lifelong benefits and will help set you apart in a demanding and diverse job market.

Where can your minor in Writing take you?

With UNC's Writing minor, you’ll be ready to apply your training as a writer, thinker, editor and teacher in fields such as medicine, law, business, media and public service. Career options for this program include:

  • Teacher
  • Book/magazine editor
  • Poet
  • Novelist
  • Songwriter
  • Screenwriter
  • Columnist

 

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