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Cultivating the power of individual expression within a vibrant community of writers

It’s here that I fell deeper and deeper in love with writing, and I can say without a shadow of doubt that I met mentors, peers, and friends for life. The generosity with which the Creative Writing Program has shaped me will sustain—it’s truly been life-changing.
Katherine Ho
Peer Advisor, Class of 2023

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Discover your writing prowess and push the imaginative bounds of prose, poetry, and screenwriting with our undergraduate minor.

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An opportunity for promising writers to develop their craft in the company of peers and under the guidance of Stanford faculty.

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Meet the faces of Creative Writing--the faculty, lecturers, staff, and visiting writers who guide and support our students and fellows.

In the Spotlight

2023-2025 Stegner Fellows

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2023-2025 Stegner Fellow cohort in poetry and fiction.

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A. Van Jordan, professor of English, on poetry, movies, and Einstein

The cinephile and award-winning poet recently discussed how film inspires his work and shared some advice for aspiring poets.

Students’ creative writing flourishes in Levinthal Tutorials

Each year, a select group of undergraduates are offered the chance to work one-on-one with Stegner Fellows in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. These workshops are known as the Levinthal Tutorials.

Recent News

  • Announcements
Current Lecturer and Stegner Fellow Alumnus, Jackson Holbert, celebrates his debut book release with Winter Stranger. His publication is commemorated by winning the esteemed Max Ritvo Poetry Prize.
  • Awards
  • In the News
Former Stegner Fellows, Jamel Brinkley and Jesmyn Ward, are two of the finalists for the 10th Annual Kirkus Prize. The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest annual literary awards in the world with the prizes totaling $150,000. Writers become eligible by receiving a rare, starred review from Kirkus Reviews; this year’s 18 finalists were chosen from 608 young readers’ literature titles, 435 fiction titles, and 435 nonfiction titles.
  • Announcements
As we near the final months of summer, we want to spotlight two new book releases from A. Van Jordan, Humanities and Sciences Professor and Professor of English, and Malavika Kannan, undergraduate student and Creative Writing Peer Advisor.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 10, 2023. 5:00pm - 6:30pm
CCSRE Conference Room (Building 360, 1st floor)
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 360, Stanford, CA 94305

Poet, novelist, folklorist, and puppeteer, GennaRose Nethercott, author of the critically acclaimed Thistlefoot (Knopf, 2022…

Wednesday, October 18, 2023. 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Levinthal Hall

Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Stanford Humanities Center, we're pleased to announce a reading with Stegner Fellows in…

Wednesday, October 25, 2023. 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Margaret Jacks Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94305
Terrace Room (Room 426)

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce our next event: A Reading with former Stegner Fellow, Edgar Kunz, and…


Jackson Holbert
Michael Shewmaker
John Evans
Malavika Kannan