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 Overview

Creative Writing

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

Why Study Creative Writing at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • CRWR 120 - Introduction to Fiction Writing 4 credits
  • CRWR 230 - Form and Flexibility 4 credits
  • CRWR 317 - Between Lyric and Narrative: Transitional Prose Forms 4 credits
  • CRWR 450 - Teaching Imaginative Writing 4 credits

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.

Explore Faculty within Creative Writing

Creative Writing News

A girl poses next to her art book

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.