The Creative Writing Program offers students the opportunity to focus their study on the creation of literary texts through workshops in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Immersed in the study of the literary tradition, students will practice craft and technique, develop voice and style, and gain exposure to a wide and diverse set of voices in contemporary literature as inspiration for their own work. The Program partners with the Stadler Center for Poetry to provide a diverse reading series and a vibrant slate of writers in residence, as well as internships on campus, thereby enhancing connections with living writers and enabling students to apply their skills beyond the classroom.

Reaching Goals Through Community

Zoe Russell '17

double major: creative writing and sociology

"The fulfillment I get out of being a part of these amazing communities where we work to achieve goals and watch them unfold with great success, and have fun — I wouldn't give it up for a million full nights of sleep."

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Spotlight: New Faculty


Meet all of our creative writing faculty

Chinelo Okparanta

Assistant Professor; C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Fellow

Chinelo Okparanta

"I think what students get from my course is just being able to look inward and examine themselves to see what's wonderful and important about their own lives and their own culture"

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K. A. Hays

Visiting Assistant Professor; Acting Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry (2017-18)

K. A. Hays

K. A. (Katie) Hays was educated at Bucknell, Oxford, and Brown Universities. She is the author of three books of poetry, Windfall (2017), Early Creatures, Native Gods (2012) and Dear Apocalypse (2009).

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