Advising

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to offer advising hours to any student interested in creative writing. Our Peer Advisors will be glad to answer any questions you have about the Creative Writing program or classes.

Drop-in advising hours for Winter 2022-2023:
Malavika Kannan: Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm
Chase Klavon: Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-6 pm
Griffin Somaratne: Mondays 2-4pm and Fridays 3-4pm

All office hours take place in Mariposa House. If you are not available during drop-in office hours, you are welcome to make an appointment at another time by emailing one of our Peer Advisors at gsomara [at] stanford.edu, mkannan [at] stanford.edu, or cklavon [at] stanford.edu

Malavika Kannan

Malavika Kannan (she/her) is a junior double-majoring in Comparative Literature and CSRE with a minor in Creative Writing. She is very grateful for the writing community at Stanford and has participated in opportunities including a Levinthal Tutorial and independent study. She is the author of a YA novel, All The Yellow Suns, which will release in July 2023, and writes about identity and culture for Teen Vogue, Washington Post, and elsewhere. Malavika really loves cooking, the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her loved ones, and she wants to make writing accessible to people of all backgrounds!

Chase Klavon

Chase is a sophomore majoring in Psychology or English with a minor in Poetry. She also plans to do an interdisciplinary arts minor combining English, Psychology, and Art Practice. She is interested in abnormal psychology and breaking the stigma against mental illness. Outside of writing, she enjoys journaling, meditating, playing basketball, indulging in Scrabble, watching Jeopardy, and going on walks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out about creative writing or anything else! 

Griffin Somaratne

Griffin is a super senior (originally class of 2022) majoring in Product Design and Psychology with a minor in Poetry. He is also a Mechanical Engineering coterm. Over his three years at Stanford, he has taken several creative writing classes across genres, completed a Levinthal Tutorial in poetry, and produced an Honors Thesis in the Arts that combined poetry and visual art in an interdisciplinary chapbook. If you're interested in hearing more about those opportunities and others on campus, reach out!

Katherine Ho

Katherine is a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Creative Writing (prose track). She has been a peer advisor for the creative writing department since 2021. Outside of writing, she likes digital photography and card games. Please don’t hesitate to reach out about creative writing or anything else!