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


Reading and Book Release Party for
Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday's
The Last Flight of Poxl West

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Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM
Bryn Mawr College
Goodhart Hall Music Room, Bryn Mawr College
150 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA

Please join us for the book launch party forThe Last Flight of Poxl West, the first full-length novel by Bryn Mawr Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday. The book beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

Fresh on the heels of this glowing review in The New York Times, the book made the cover of the Times’ Sunday Book Review. On Tuesday, March 17, Torday sat down with WHYY's Fresh Air’s Terry Gross to discuss the book.

The Last Flight of Poxl West
, is just out with St. Martin’s Press. His novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Torday’s stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, n+1, The New York Times, and The Paris Review Daily. A former editor at Esquire, Torday serves as an editor at The Kenyon Review.

George Saunders has called the book “a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve: tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details,” and Kirkus says, “Torday is likely to be compared to Philip Roth or Michael Chabon…a richly layered, beautifully told and somehow lovable story about war, revenge and loss.”


Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore


Monday, February 23, 7:30 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall
With the publication of the paperback of the first major biography of our era of Bryn Mawr's celebrated alumna poet, MARRIANNE MOORE (Class of 1909), please join us for a visit with her biographer, LINDA LEAVELL. Leavell will be joined on stage by K. Laurence Stapleton Professor of English Jane Hedley, and the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, directed by Thomas Lloyd who will perform Lloyd's arrangement of Moore's "What Are Days."


Wednesday, January 28, 7:30pm

Ely Room, Wyndham

Please join us for a night of readings from three Tri-College poets who this past year won the prestigious Pew Fellowship. Bryn Mawr College’s J.C. Todd is the author of three poetry collections, most recently What Space This Body. Thomas Devaney’s most recent book is Calamity Jane, and he teaches at Haverford College. Laynie Browne is the author of ten books of poems, and she teaches at Swarthmore College. The three will read from and discuss their work. 


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.


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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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.