Creative Writing

"Looking at the world through a writer’s eyes, even just for a single semester, can change your life.”

— Tracy K. Smith

The Program in Creative Writing offers Princeton undergraduates the opportunity to craft original work under the guidance of some of today’s most respected practicing writers including Kirstin Valdez Quade, Jhumpa LahiriPaul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, and Edmund White.

Small workshop courses, averaging eight to ten students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginners and advanced writers, and each year 25 to 30 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative thesis: a novel, a screenplay, or a collection of short stories, poems or translations. Writers of national and international distinction visit campus throughout the year to participate in the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series and to discuss their work. The Lewis Center’s Performance Central series presents the biennial Princeton Poetry Festival drawing poets from around the world. An Emerging Writers series puts thesis students at the podium alongside a lineup of established guest writers curated by seniors in the program. The Leonard Milberg collections and Princeton’s unparalleled library and archives also provide world-class opportunities for the study of contemporary literature.

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C.K. Williams Reading Series

The Slowdown

Tune in to Program in Creative Writing director & U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith's podcast, The Slowdown — a production of the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation.