About the Creative Writing Conservatory

The Creative Writing Conservatory is an MFA-modeled course of study that offers students a flexible concentration of classes and writing opportunities. Student-focused and evolving, the workshops and topics present contemporary and classic works side by side to serve as examples of excellent writing. Publishing and performance opportunities are paired with craft study to develop a balanced and accomplished writing student.

Student Experience

As members of the Creative Writing Conservatory, students participate in a variety of classes, events, and opportunities — all in the pursuit of sharpening their writing skills. 

After completing a set of required classes in the fundamental areas of writing — fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and dramatic writing —students self-select their concentration through a series of required electives. Multiple workshops, literature classes, genre studies, and industry prep classes are offered each semester. In and out of class, the writer’s life is explored through exciting activities, including literary-focused field trips, seasonal play festivals, open mic nights, and the publication of an annual literary magazine.

  • “Creative Writing exposed me to a rigorous arts program and gave me freedom to explore various aspects of my craft.”
    Jade Mattias-Bell – OCSA, Class of 2015
  • “The core curriculum helped me discover my passion for screenwriting, and the flexibility of classes outside of the core allowed me to take courses that seemed perfectly tailored to me.”
    Lily Williams – OCSA, Class of 2017
  • “I love the workshops and sharing pieces with my teachers and peers. It’s helpful to know what is or isn’t working; I leave class feeling empowered and eager to push my work further.”
    Kadija Moulton – OCSA, Class of 2016

Preparing Students for the Future

Students who graduate from Creative Writing have a broad knowledge of writing and literature, which can be applied confidently to both writing and non-writing related majors.

Students who pursue writing will enter university programs familiar with the workshop model and with a large body of work already completed. Such students have had up to four years of dedicated writing practice that has improved and focused their individual skill level. Students who pursue other courses of study do so as highly literate individuals.