Linda A. Cicero | Stanford News Service

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

At Stanford, I have had the privilege to pursue independent studies, including the Levinthal Tutorial, with devoted and talented instructors that approached my work with critical generosity and improved my caliber of writing tenfold. Workshop classes like English 92 and 192 helped me meet other writers on campus, and the creative spaces brought much-needed inspiration.
Griffin Daniel Somaratne
Peer Advisor, Class of 2022

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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

Brad Yac-Diaz | The Stanford Daily

Writers Jalen Eutsey and Ashley Hand share the power in the mundane

Nostalgia filled the Mackenzie Room, as a vibrant, eager audience gathered for the first Stegner Fellow Reading of winter quarter. The reading featured first-year fellows, Jalen and Ashley, who recited poetry and fiction revolving around their memories and connections to home.

Jessica Ruscello

Stegner Fellows Jonathan Escoffery and Jamil Jan Kochai contenders for the National Book Award for Fiction

The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction. Of the ten contenders, two Stegner Fellows were selected: Jonathan Escoffery, a current 2nd year fellow, and Jamil Jan Kochai, who recently completed his fellowship in the summer.

2022-2024 Stegner Fellows

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2022-2024 Stegner Fellow cohort in poetry and fiction.

Recent News

Brad Yac-Diaz | The Stanford Daily

  • In the News
Stegner Fellows, Jalen Eutsey and Ashley Hand, recited poetry and fiction revolving around their memories and connections to home.
  • Announcements
This Winter, Professor A. Van Jordan will be teaching English 292: Advanced Poetry Writing, a workshop course that focuses on the generation of new work and on strategies to solve artistic problems through studies in poetic craft.  
  • Announcements
Calling all Stanford undergraduate students! Submit an application to be considered for enrollment into Prof. Chang-rae Lee's Winter 2023 course: English 91A.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 1, 2023. 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Mariposa House

Calling all declared Creative Writing minors,

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful program! The Peer Advisors will be hosting a…

Thursday, February 2, 2023. 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mariposa House

This Winter, please join Jones Lecturer Keith Ekiss for Poet's House, a writing studio for beginning and experienced poets. We'll…

Monday, February 6, 2023. 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Room 201

On February 6, please join us for The Idea of TV Pilots, a Writer's Studio workshop hosted by Adam Tobin.

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