Creative Writing

Engaged Creative Writing

Engaged Creative Writing takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for creative writing majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Creative Writing Majors Rise


  • Black Ekphrasis Anthology: African-American Poems on the Visual Arts
  • The OuLiPo: Research on the Movement, and Development of Constraint-Based Assignments
  • Contextualizing Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories within a Black (Queer) Literary and Cultural Tradition
  • Poetry by Langston: Lessons Taught and Learned through Writers-in-the-Schools (WITS)
  • The Vagrant: Where the Soviet Love of Bollywood Began
  • Imagine Trees Like These: A Virtual Reality Narrative concerning Forests, Futurity, and Ephemerality


  • The PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Washington, DC: literary events intern
  • Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA: development intern
  • Pronto Comics, New York City: editing scripts and blog posts
  • Maya Universe Academy, Udhin Dhunga, Nepal: providing quality education to children in Nepal
  • The Moth, New York City: assist with production and post-production
  • Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency: manuscript reader
  • International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY: communications & development intern
  • Tin House Books, Portland, OR: marketing & publicity intern
  • Queer Eye, Los Angeles, CA; production intern

Study Away

  • Prague Film School, Czech Republic
  • International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender, Netherlands
  • Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program, England
  • Tel Aviv University School for Overseas Students, Israel
  • Associated Kyoto Program Doshisha University, Japan
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • School for International Training (SIT), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Experiential Learning

  • WITS Writing in the Schools, partnership with Langston Middle School in Oberlin

First Destinations of Recent Creative Writing Majors

  • Positions:
    • Editorial assistant, ABRAMS Books
    • Literary assistant, The Clegg Literary Agency
    • Fulbright Fellows in Taiwan and Malaysia
    • Shansi Fellows to teach English in China and Indonesia
    • Marketing associate, eSpark Learning, Ill.
    • Tutor & teaching assistant, AmeriCorps.
    • Teacher, Teach for America, Los Angeles
    • Paralegal, Law Offices of Virginia Prihoda, Ill.
    • Arts educator, 826 Valencia, San Francisco
    • High school English teacher, South Korea
    • Editing specialist, Apolish, Washington D.C.
    • Post-production assistant, Ice Lens Pictures, Ohio
    • Research analyst for Carnegie India
    • Pardes Institute Scholar, Israel
    • Writer’s room director, 826 Boston
    • Assistant engineer, Nightsound Studios, N.C.
  • Graduate Schools:
    • MA in poetry, Queen’s University, Ireland
    • MA in writing, Johns Hopkins University
    • Master of Library and Information Sciences, University of Wisconsin
    • Master’s of Divinity, University of Chicago
    • MFA, Writer’s Workshop, University of Iowa
    • MFA, University of Alabama
    • MFA, George Mason University
    • MFA, Brown University
    • MFA, Columbia University
    • MA in education, Boston University
    • Master’s in Education, Teachers College of Columbia University
    • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
    • MD, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    • JD, University of California, Davis, Law School
    • JD, University of Chicago Law School
    • JD, Columbia Law School