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About Creative Writing at Keuka College

The practice and study of creative writing in many forms—including fiction, poetry, drama, and screenwriting—provides you with an opportunity to refine your unique voice and creativity. Explore mediums for creative expression that will expand your writing horizons. If writing is an important part of your life, this is the minor for you.

Creative Writing Program Highlights

Constructive Dialogue

Receive helpful, constructive advice from professors and peers that will help you improve your work.

Self-Expression

Express yourself through the written word and explore new writing styles.

Produce a Manuscript

By the end of your creative writing courses, you’ll have produced a complete portfolio of your work.

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Program Overview

The Creative Writing minor will give you the opportunity to participate in an intimate classroom setting with other like-minded writers. The constructive criticism you will get from your peers and professors will be invaluable to your growth as a writer, and you’ll learn how to give helpful advice as well. You can’t write without being a voracious reader, so in addition to the work presented by your fellow students, you’ll be reading poetry and short stories from the masters to help fuel your own work. You will also have the opportunity to meet and listen to writers who visit the campus to give readings of their own work.

Program Requirements

Digital Learning

Digital Learning at Keuka College, or [email protected], is more than just teaching you how to use technology. It’s about teaching students, regardless of major, how to understand technology, how to create technology, and how to adapt technology to meet their needs.

In a digital world, some people may not see the value in taking a Creative Writing minor, but it’s more important than ever. To feed an audience that is ever-hungry for content, there are hundreds of thousands of places to get your work on the web that aren’t in the traditional publishing world. Creative writers are writing the personalities for Artificial Intelligence in Silicon Valley. There are whole apps available for writers to build interactive stories. If you want to write for video games, the digital learning aspect that Keuka College provides will bring your skills to the next level.

Global Education

Every culture produces stories, and experiencing the stories and poetry of a global population is another benefit to immersing yourself in Creative Writing. Experiencing the fiction written by cultures other than your own is one of the best ways to learn and understand them.

Extracurriculars

Arion Players Drama Club

Participating in Drama Club allows for creative expression and playwrighting.

The Keukonian Student Newspaper

Hone your storytelling skills by writing for the student newspaper.

Red Jacket Literary Magazine

Submit the work you’re most proud of to Red Jacket.

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is Keuka’s International English Honor Society, recognizing student achievement in English language and literature.

Award Opportunities

Charles Wallace Memorial Prize in Humanities

The Charles Wallis Memorial Prize recognizes the distinguished work of a freshman or sophomore Humanities major.

Marcia Clark Cooley ‘28 Scholarship

The Marcia Clark Cooley Scholarship recognizes the outstanding English work of a student entering junior year.

Betsy Watson Wallace Memorial Prize in Humanities

The Betty Watson Wallis Memorial Prize recognizes the distinguished work of a junior or senior Humanities major.

J. Stanley Durkee Prize in Poetry

Recognizes the author of the best original poem.

Margaret Davenport Springer Memorial Prize in English

The Margaret Davenport Springer Memorial Prize in English is given to the author of the best original fiction.

Red Jacket Award

Presented to honor outstanding student initiative for the College literary magazine, Red Jacket.

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is Keuka’s International English Honor Society, recognizing student achievement in English language and literature.

Sigma Tau Delta Essay

Sigma Tau Delta recognizes the best original freshman essay.

Osborn Memorial Scholarship

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