About the program

Each year we bring in distinguished writers to teach topic-based, upper-level creative writing courses. We alternate between fiction, poetry, journalism, creative non-fiction, and children's literature. While on campus, the writers also give public readings and/or lectures. 

2014 - 2015 Courses

Form & Technique in Fabulist Fiction (ENG 381)

Lily Hoang, Block 4

This class will navigate the use of magic from Homer to the contemporary to student writing. Students will read texts employing magic in traditional and non-traditional ways as examples for the generation of new creative fabulist materials. Note: this is not a class on genre writing, per se; it is an exploration into literary magic and the boundaries it dissolves.

To Look on Meaning Bare: The Art of Literary Translation (ENG 382)

Mira Rosenthal, Block 5

In this course, we will challenge Robert Frost’s absolutist view that poetry is what’s lost in translation. In our exploration of the particularities and flexibility of different languages, we will delve into difficulties of dialect, puns and wordplay, cultural references, and other translation conundrums. Participants will develop a literary translation project that will then be workshopped and revised during the block. Readings (including key theoretical essays and multiple translations of individual works of literature) will familiarize students with issues of methodology, ideas for experimentation, and ways of controlling the style, tone, and reception of a translation. Students need not be fluent in a second language, though good reading knowledge is required.

Recent visiting writers and courses

  • Sandra Beasley, "Stranger Than Fiction: Creative Writing about the Sciences"
  • Jennifer Hemmingsen, "Watchdog Journalism"
  • Pulitzer-Prize nominee Angie Estes, "Ekphrastic Writing" 
  • Michael Martone, "Writing the Rural" 
  • Children's writer Sarah Prineas, "The Protaganist Must Protag: a Development of Character and Action"