The creative writing minor emphasizes small workshop classes in fiction and poetry, offered at three levels and culminating in a creative project in the senior year. Courses are also taught in memoir, screenwriting and creative nonfiction. Limited to 15 participants, these workshops focus on finding and developing the strengths of each student’s writing while providing instruction in technique. Peer critique and readings in contemporary literature—often involving visits to campus by accomplished writers of our time—are at the heart of the program.
The minor requires six courses and is compatible with any major. Read more.
Students also have opportunities to give readings, edit and contribute to the campus literary journal, The Dickinson Review, and enter the annual Academy of American Poets student poetry contest. The program sponsors visiting writers who attend workshops, give readings and meet with students. The Belfer Reading Series brings prominent writers for campus readings. The Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program provides special opportunities to meet distinguished contemporary authors who spend several days in residence at the college.
Read an excerpt from an essay by Susan Perabo, professor of creative writing and writer-in-residence at Dickinson, that was inspired by her students and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.