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.

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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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Important Dates

All course applications are due no later than noon the last day of semester classes in December and May. Return to the yellow program house at 153 W. Lorain St.

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 wil work closely with you to deepen reading and writing abilities and to enhance self and peer editing, analysis, and critical thinking skills.

Creative Writing News

An Invitation to Write

December 15, 2016
Creative writing teaching residency makes poetry accessible for local middle school students.

Suzanne Overstreet Discusses Debut Novel

September 20, 2016
Overstreet is the creative writing program coordinator. Her historical fiction novel, Wait for Me, started as a tribute to keep her father’s memory alive.