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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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Stegner Fellowship

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

The beautiful and the terrible: Carmen Maria Machado reads queer horror and sci-fi

On Wednesday evening, audience members initially seemed to pour in gradually to author and essayist Carmen Maria Machado’s Lane Lecture series reading — that is, until suddenly, every seat was taken and the room buzzed with lively conversation. 

Associate Professor of English, Kirstin Valdez Quade awarded John S. Guggenheim Fellowship

We are absolutely delighted to share the news that Kirstin Valdez Quade has been awarded a 2024 John S. Guggenheim fellowship.  

2023-24 Creative Writing Undergraduate Prizes

The Creative Writing Program is accepting submissions for 2023-24 Creative Writing Undergraduate Prizes. 

Recent News

  • Announcements
We would like to extend our congratulations to Madeleine Cravens, Stegner fellow, and Zach Williams, Jones Lecturer, on their first book releases. Madeleine Cravens has debuted an astonishing collection of poems while Zach Williams debuted a striking story collection.
  • In the News
On Wednesday night, Stegner Fellow in Fiction Nevarez Encinias delivered an evening of movement and description in literary form. A dancer by training, Encinias’s background came through in his writing through his elaborate physical descriptions and seemingly choreographed prose.
  • In the News
Mohr Visiting Poet Arthur Sze shared his work alluding to nature, translation and the human condition at a public reading on Wednesday. The reading, co-sponsored by the creative writing program and the Stanford Humanities Center, was packed with visitors, faculty and students.

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