Program Overview

Creative Writing

Students who major in our Creative Writing Program will experience the breadth of a liberal arts education combined with rigorous studio training. Creative writing at Oberlin emphasizes individual mentoring at the advanced level through small, juried workshops, and independent projects directed by program faculty. The major focuses on five genres—fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting—yet offers opportunities for cross-disciplinary work with other arts.

Ethiopian woman writer standing at podium smiling.
Noted poets and writers such as novelist Maaza Mengiste are often invited to speak to students in the Creative Writing Program.
Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein ’23

Program Facts

Acting Chair

David Walker,
Visiting Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing


Creative Writing Faculty

Our faculty are accomplished writers and poets who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines. Their expertise covers five genres—fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.They are committed to undergraduate education and teach first-year seminars as well as advanced courses.

Upcoming Creative Writing Events

Creative Writing News

Winter Term: The Art of the Artist Book

September 15, 2020

After spending a month researching artist books and creating a book of her own, Marie Romanelli ’21 is officially hooked on the craft, both as an artist and as a short-form poet.
A girl poses next to her art book