Let elevated consciousness fuel your creativity
- Hone your skills in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in a professional workshop atmosphere
- Receive individual attention from your teachers and be a part of a supportive online writing community
- Develop yourself and your creativity holistically through the practice of the Transcendental MeditationⓇ technique
- Graduate with a robust portfolio of work and a comprehensive understanding of how to pursue a career in writing
Write more with less stress
Our program is founded on the idea that creativity is not meant to be a struggle, but instead a fun and rewarding process. Developing writers in this online bachelor’s specialization can learn in a supportive, inclusive environment that emphasizes spiritual and personal growth.
In every class, we offer our students tools and techniques to awaken creativity in authentic ways that deeply engage mind, heart, and soul.
Dive within & connect to creativity
As an MIU student, you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique daily. TM practice has been scientifically proven to enhance brain functioning, increase creativity, and lower stress.
Connecting to your innermost self through the TM technique puts you in touch with your authentic voice and allows for a deeper and richer writing experience.
Online & easy for transfer students
If you transfer in 60 or more credits, the degree can be completed in four semesters. (Transfer students can inquire with their admissions counselor to learn the exact number of credits needed to graduate.)
To graduate with a Specialization in Creative Writing, students must complete:
- required courses for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences or any other bachelor’s degree program you choose.
- 32 additional credits of Creative Writing courses
Narrative Throughout Time
In order to work in any creative medium, understanding the various ways in which narrative is used is a great advantage. This course will examine the range of narrative forms and narrative devices that have been used since the dawn of time right up until the modern day. We will discover that although the forms and types of media used might have changed as technology has advanced, in fact, most of the essential forms of narrative used in creative works have been with us for ages. Understanding why will reveal how narrative reflects both the universal and unique aspects of the experience of human life.
Discovering Your Creative Process
The purpose of this class is to break boundaries and rediscover an easy relationship with the inner Muse. You’ll study your own creative process as well as what other artists, writers, and filmmakers have shared about creative inspiration. You’ll also hear from a variety of guest lecturers working in different media and discuss their work, career paths, and creative process.
The Hero in Literature
This course will explore the idea of the hero from antiquity to the present. The hero is a larger-than-life character whose actions affect the fate of a large community for good, or if a tragic hero, for ill. The hero’s behavior is a model for the ordinary individual. One of the great debates is whether the hero can even exist in the modern world. Among the texts and themes we will follow are The Odyssey (the Classical Hero), Beowulf (the Germanic Hero), Gawain and the Green Knight (the Medieval Hero), Siddhartha (the Spiritual Hero), and The Bean Trees (the Feminine Hero).