Samsun Knight, a Creative Writing, Math, Chinese, and Economics major, won a Creative Writing prize that resulted in his work being published in an anthology. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

Creative Writing

Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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 screen writing.

Program Director

Dan Chaon

Delaney Professor of Creative Writing
Department Affiliation

Suzanne Overstreet

Administrative Assistant 440-775-6567

Why Study Creative Writing at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • CRWR 120 - Introduction to Writing Fiction 4 credits
  • CRWR 201 - Poetry/Prose Workshop 4 credits
  • CRWR 317 - Between Lyric and Narrative: Transitional Prose Forms 4 credits
  • CRWR 450 - Teaching Imaginative Writing 4 credits

Creative Writing Faculty

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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.

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