Our Creative Writing Program prepares students with a broad and balanced program of study that emphasizes interconnections between various literary genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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All of this semester's CRWR-related applications, with their relevant instructions, are now available on the CRWR Departmental Blackboard site, in the folder named All Forms and Applications.

If you intend to apply to the major, take a CRWR 300-level workshop, or take CRWR 490 (the capstone seminar) in Spring 2020, please fill out the appropriate application(s). Please note that all applications for the Spring 2020 Semester are due by Friday 1 November 2019 at noon.

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Program Overview

Oberlin’s Creative Writing Program is one of few in the country that offers a major at the undergraduate level. Established here in 1975 by poet and translator Stuart Friebert, creative writing is an intense and rigorous course of study that provides instruction, studio training, and coursework in six genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, translation, and screenwriting.

In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, we prepare you with a broad and balanced program of study that emphasizes interconnections between various literary genres. Majors will have some interdisciplinary study through a playwriting course and courses offered by the departments of English and comparative literature.

Our faculty members are accomplished writers and poets who will work closely with you to deepen reading and writing abilities and to enhance self and peer editing, analysis, and critical thinking skills.

Creative Writing Bulletins

Creative Writing News

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Winter Term in Oberlin: 2020

February 24, 2020
Winter Term is a time of year when Oberlin students are encouraged to conduct independent or group projects outside of courses related to their majors. Pursuits can be done on or off campus with students choosing to work almost anywhere on the map. This year we highlight some of the work by the more than 900 students who completed projects in Oberlin.

Creative Writing Facilities

Peters Hall

Peters Hall

World language classrooms and offices for academic services and programs are found in this picturesque building completed in 1887 and renovated in 1996.