Creative Writing students share a passion for writing. They write from imagination and experience, alone and collaboratively, across genres and contexts. They enter the Creative Writing Department with fresh, raw voices, and leave with their skills refined and their originality intact.
The four-year program introduces young writers to a variety of instructors and teaching styles, focusing on three core areas: poetry, fiction, and playwriting.
Application and Audition Instructions
WHAT WILL YOU PREPARE AT HOME AND TURN IN WITH YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS?
Creative Writing Portfolio
- Please follow the instructions and include only what is requested.
WHAT WILL YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO? Organize your portfolio in the following order:
Title page with your name, grade, school name, email address, and phone number.
Identify department you are applying to (Creative Writing).
Personal Statement/Essay: an essay (same as essay in the application packet). In your unique voice, tell us why you want to be in Creative Writing and give us insight into you as a writer: poets, authors, and books that you love, why you write, when and how you write, if you’ve taken creative writing classes before (not required), if you’ve been to any of our CW performances or readings, etc.
Academic essay: something you turned in for an English class.
Five (5) poems
Two (2) complete short stories: maximum of 5 pages each.
One (1) personal narrative: a creative/non-academic essay that tells a specific, true story from your life.
One (1) 4-10 page one-act play OR one (1) additional personal narrative
WHAT WILL YOU DO DURING THE AUDITION?
- two writing responses
discussion of your portfolio, reading habits, writing practice, personal goals, community experiences, and program expectations.
Students will be evaluated on the quality of the Creative Writing portfolio, audition elements, and enthusiasm for this field.