Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile inaugurates new Major in Creative Writing

Two years ago, College UC announced the creation of a new Minor in Creative Writing, an interdisciplinary proposal that was worked together with the UC Faculties of Arts, Communications and Letters and that allowed students to complement or deepen their knowledge in this area.

This collaboration took the next step, and the new Major in Creative Writing has now been added to the curricular offer . This new alternative is oriented so that students can develop the creation of texts in the fields of narrative (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, dramaturgy, audiovisual script or in other genres, being able to integrate knowledge and skills criticism to generate an authorship.

“Those who wish to specialize in this interdisciplinary area will be able to do so in a formal way thanks to the joint work between the College and the UC faculties of Art, Letters and Communications” – Lorena Correa, director of Teaching College.

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This new curricular concentration may be taken by students of the Bachelor of Arts and Humanities from Admission 2021. However, previous admissions students may request authorization from the College management to register for the Major .

For Lorena Correa, director of College Teaching, this new concentration allows students to develop a new academic profile at UC. “Those who wish to specialize in this interdisciplinary area will be able to do so formally thanks to the joint work between the College and the UC Faculties of Art, Letters and Communications,” he says.

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According to VRA resolution No. 031/2021, the Major will be coordinated on a rotating basis on an annual basis by the Faculties of Arts, Communications and Letters.

Adrián Puentes, academic from the Faculty of Communications, is the current coordinator of the Major . For him, the objectives of the new curricular concentration is to position Creative Writing “as an institutionalized academic area in the university” as it happens in other parts of the world.

“There are many fiction writers, for example, who at the same time are scriptwriters, or also playwrights, or who work for advertising agencies (…) there are many intersections, and it seemed to us that integrating with Theater and with Letters was the best way to respond to that reality “- Adrián Puentes, academic Faculty of Communications

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The professor also highlights the interdisciplinary work between the Faculties of Arts, Communications, Letters as a positive effect on the reality that writers live. “There are many fiction writers, for example, who are at the same time screenwriters, or also playwrights, or who work for advertising agencies. Anyway, there are many crossroads, and it seemed to us that integrating with Theater and Literature was the best way to respond to that reality, which is also a very profitable reality, ”he says.

The academic of the School of Theater, Inés Stranger, who will be part of the Major with a course, agrees that this new concentration is an opportunity to generate the need to invest in artists and their production spaces. “Writing is a practice of reflection and knowledge. It is a space of silence and introspection, an exercise in active imagination that allows you to move the boundaries of what is possible, imagine solutions, empathize with the problems of others. The practice of creative writing connects us with essential themes, they develop sensitivity and the ability to put ourselves in the place of the other ”, he says.

If you are interested or interested in this option, you can check it in our Curricular Search Engine. If you have any questions, you can write to contactocollege@uc.cl

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