Createive Writing Program

Courses in creative writing within the Arts Program are designed for students who wish to develop their skills and appreciation of creative writing in a variety of genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting) and for those intending to pursue studies in creative writing at the graduate level.

Any English major may include one Creative Writing course in the major plan. Non-English majors may pursue a minor as described under Program Requirements and Opportunities. While there is no existing major in Creative Writing, exceptionally well qualified students have completed majors in Creative Writing through the Independent Major Program.

All students interested in Creative Writing courses must:

(1) preregister
(2) download and print a Creative Writing Program questionnaire, complete this and drop it off (hard copy) to Professor Dan Torday's faculty mailbox in English House by the end of the pre-registration period

NEWS

Poet J. C. Todd is named as Pew Fellow in the arts. Read more about her project here. Prof. Todd teaches courses in Creative Writing and English at Bryn Mawr.

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Announcing the 2014 Literary Prize Winners:
Academy of American Poets Prize
Winner: Hema Surendranathan (’14) for a sequence of poems comprising “Dinner at Flat 8,” “Collection,” “No New Fear,” “Roseneath Sunday,” “Directions”
Honorable Mention: Mattie Wechsler (’14) for a sequence of poems comprising “Pygmalion’s Wife,” “New Lines for Translation into Any Language (Now Available with Marginalia),” “Figitur,” “Unda Gravet Pennas,” “Traces”

Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize
Winner: Hannah Henderson-Charnow (’17) for “Sweet Potatoes”
Honorable Mention: Rachel Hampton (’16) for “Fallujah Blues”
Honorable Mention: Allison Rodgers (’15) for “Miracles”

Alexandra Peschka Prize
Winner: Hannah Hynes-Mumford (’16), for “Tragically Boring Stories of Broken Things” (short story)
Honorable Mention: Ava Hawkinson (’16) for “A Good and Faithful Wallaby” (short story)
Honorable Mention: Erica Rice (’17) for “You Are Cordially Invited” (essay)

Anne Kirschbaum Winkelman Literary Prize
Winner: Neha Kamran (’15) for “Never Touched a Boy” (short story)
Honorable Mention: Erin Penney (’16) for “Through the Smoke and Branches” (short story)
Honorable Mention: Allison Rodgers (’15) for “Star Fruit” (short story)

Katherine Fullerton Gerould Award
Winner: Mattie Wechsler (’14) for “This Is What I  Mean When I Tell My Dad He’s Alright” (short story)
Honorable Mention:  Megan Thomson-Connor (’14) for “Off-Peak Return” (short story)

Seymour Adelman Poetry Prize
Winner: Rachel Hampton (’16) for “a project examining the institutionalization of the mentally ill in Pennsylvania, past and present…[to] produce a cycle of poems animated by the physical ruins and historical records of five abandoned ‘insane asylums.’” Adelman support will make possible travel to historical sites and archives and purchase of research materials.

Honorable Mention: Erin Saladin (’16), for a project involving research into Ezra Pound’s imaginative use of his birthplace (Idaho) in his work, his use of ideas of precipice and depth (and their possible intersection with the mining town of Hailey, Idaho as a “new Eden” for Pound), and possible connections between Pound’s Pisan Cantos and the work of contemporary Idaho poet Robert Wrigley. All of this research would ultimately illuminate “the problematic Euro-American notion of Manifest Destiny and how it has developed over time.”

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--CWP Lecturer Elizabeth Mosier's essay, "The Pit and the Page," appears in the latest issue of the magazine Creative Nonfiction. The Winter 2013 is devoted to women writers of nonfiction.

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Visiting Assitant Professor DANIEL TORDAY WINS NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD

The 2012 National Jewish Book Awards' Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction has gone to The Sensualist, a short novel by Bryn Mawr's Director of Creative Writing, Daniel Torday. Previous honorees have included Nathan Englander, Gary Shteyngart and Lara Vapnyar. This year's NJBA winners include Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel and The New Republic editor Franklin Foer.

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