Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program integrates the ChiArts Core Values into rigorous study of the foundations of Creative Writing and the development of individual voice and polished work. The first two years of the program will consist of training in the elements of Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Dramatic Writing. Students will write every day and learn habits that will serve them well throughout their lives as writers.

At the end of sophomore year, students will select an area of concentration* in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. This will give students the techniques, skills, and individual guidance necessary to focus in their chosen genres. The goal is to provide a high level of instruction and experiences that prepare students for further study at the college level or entrance into the profession.

Upon successful completion of the four-year program, ChiArts Creative Writing students will have:

  • A portfolio of polished pieces in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and work for the stage or screen. The portfolio will include a book-length manuscript in the student’s area of concentration.
  • A solid foundation in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and writing for the stage including both writing and a deep and wide knowledge of texts. This foundation will make the students competitive candidates for undergraduate Creative Writing programs.
  • Significant practice in critically and clearly thinking about their own work and the work of others. The ability to offer targeted and thoughtful feedback that aims to support a writer’s intentions and guide a writer towards his or her best work.
  • Experience editing and publishing a literary magazine.

Changes to the CW scope and sequence may be made based on the needs of the students, the Creative Writing Program, and ChiArts.

*Students will identify first and second choice concentration workshops. Student workshop assignment will be based on portfolio review, student request, and instructor recommendations. Students will be enrolled in the same workshop for years three and four of the program.