Creative Writing Wheaton College Massachusetts

Wheaton College Creative Writing

Congratulations to our graduates! They're going to do good things out there, we're sure of it. Best wishes, Izzie, Angie, Nami, Charlie, Jenny, Catherine, and Christina!

The working poor in the Hamptons: I cleaned a rich author's swimming pool while writing my own novel

Food for thought, writers! I think about the authors in disguise all around us when I’m in a restaurant or passing by a construction site

Celebrating our graduating seniors with Visiting Artist Kathryn Kulpa. A wonderful literary festival!

Notes on My Literary Minimalism

Dear writers,

Read this.

Sincerely yours ... My family didn’t keep tokens or uphold rituals. We knew we were a family because of what we didn’t say. We loved each other, but objects rarely served as reminders. We moved constantly, packing and…

Alumna Megan Collins reading and signing books at the Harvard Coop last night! Congratulations, Megan Collins Hatfield! It was wonderful, watching you up there reading like a boss!

Survey: Employers Want 'Soft Skills' From Graduates

Can be found in our creative writing workshops--2 to 3 workshops each semester Employers want college graduates who have “soft skills,” such as being a good listener or thinking critically, but they have difficulty finding such candidates, according to a new report.

How college seniors can get their resumes to the top of the pack before graduation

Good advice How do you make sure you’re one of the new grads who lands a job after college? It starts with your resume. After all, that’s the first thing prospective employers see, so to break through in today’s competitive world, it’s got to be perfect—or it’s as good as recycled. We asked college ...

The annual get-together for CW majors featured a reading of original work written by the majors in the workshops, and an American high tea, in the gallery. Nice!

Literary Hub


"Self-discipline is enormously important—you can’t rely on inspiration or a novel would take ten years."

J.G. Ballard, born on this day in 1930, had some evergreen writing advice.

Electric Literature


Some writing advice from Isabel Allende, c/o The Atlantic.

Welcome back, everyone! :-)

When the workshop comes for that one sentence with all the clauses.

Happy summer! We'll be back in late August.

Literary Hub

Food for thought

Begin with character, don’t take yourself too seriously, and read as much as you can: Writing advice from Virginia Woolf.

Big Think

What's on your summer reading list?

Reading is a great way to practice being human.

Congratulations to our seniors, Emilia-Rose Demko, Abigail Epplett, William Funk, Francis Rosa, Lucas Rosa, Luke O'Neill, Connor Mathis, and Angelia Powers! We have enjoyed working with you and watching you grow. Now go do that thang, y'all! --Your profs, Deyonne B, Kent S, Charlotte M, and Sue S

Come Intern With Us in Portland! | Catapult

Check it out: a paid internship with a literary organization in Oregon You'll get to work with our Portland Dream Team.

Francis Rosa '18, winner of 2018 Tate prize, with Dean [email protected] Convocation

News about our majors from the 2018 Honors Convocation.

Congratulations to Francis Rosa '18 for winning the Helen Myers Tate Memorial Prize for Original Verse.

Kudos to Lucas Rosa '18 for winning the Tania Frances Richards Sicard '05 Prize in Philosophy.

Way to go, Rosas!

The indomitable Christina Thompson at the start of her residency at Wheaton College


Thank you, Visiting Artist & Editor Christina Thompson, for spending the month of April with students in advanced fiction! Now we know.

Let's fix these together.

Wonderful evening celebrating our seniors last night. Hearing them read their original work was so gratifying. Now our eye is on their big day on the Dimple! Well done, everyone!

It's time again to celebrate our seniors! Please join us, Thursday afternoon at 5 PM.

And now for some news about our alumnae! We can hardly wait to welcome them back as Visiting Artists!

So, we're getting news about our seniors' plans. Congratulations, Lucas Rosa, on the Watson Fellowship! Read the excerpt from the College website, in the comments below. (Photo by Keith Nordstrom)

Tell that nor'easter in New England it's spring break!

Complex-Compound Sentences

ahem ... advanced fiction workshop Today’s topic is the complex-compound sentence.  Most writers worth their fingertip calluses begin as avid readers. We read books, magazines, and websites indiscriminately until we start to notice the writing itself and marvel at the many forms a sentence can take. The complex-compound s

Electric Literature

Diverse perspectives on the black American experience. Great selection!

"Perhaps the reissue of these books can be considered a new mini-Renaissance, in the sense of a rebirth."

Jennifer Baker explores the Harlem Renaissance titles newly reissued by Penguin Classics and their importance in gaining a new readership.

Creative Writing Wheaton College Massachusetts's cover photo

Award Winning Map Shows a More Accurate World

Food for thought, writers. A new mapping method corrects not only for visual distortions but also for cultural ones.

[11/01/17]   It's advising week. See your advisor. And, seniors, tally CREDITS not COURSES.

Essayist Jericho Parms giving a master class in creative nonfiction last Thursday. This and Esperanza Spalding ... such a privilege

New from Esperanza: Exposure

Hope you all witnessed the result of this brilliance last night at the annual Loser concert. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Reserve a limited copy - "This project is going to be a little different from other ones I've done. You buy a blank CD. Then over 3 ...

Congratulations, Abby Epplett!

Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony.

Welcome back! Is everybody ready to do this?


Too real.

Image Credit: Gemma Correll

Before we take a break for summer, we'd like to share some news we know about several of our majors, all rising seniors. Luke O'Neill '18 recently wrote a press release for the company he's working for this summer, and the piece has been picked up by almost 200 news sources including the Boston Business Journal, and can be seen by 83 million people. Bill Funk '18 is interning with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in Bellevue, WA, assisting with the study and digitization of 19th century diaries. And, Emilia-Rose Demko '18 was offered an internship with Buzz Around, a newsletter of only good news. Nice!

Can't wait to hear what everyone else is up to, so feel free to post your news on our page. ... We'll be back in August!!

Well done, Camille, Su, Maggie! And, apparently, Maggie is already out of the door. She whizzed by so fast we could only get a glimpse of her. Go out there and be great, you three!

Maggie and Camille sharing the 2017 Myers Tate Prize in Original Verse. Congratulations!

Congratulations, Maggie, Su, and Camille!

The creative writing faculty and majors giving Sue her flowers. Well done, Sue!

Photos from the senior reading celebrating Maggie, Su, and Camille with Charles Coe, and honoring Poet Sue Standing

Sue is retiring. Although we're sad to lose her, we are also very excited about the adventures that await Sue. So join the Creative Writing Program and the graduating seniors as we fete Sue this Thursday in Mary Lyon at the annual senior reading. 5PM, in the Woolley Room. Hope to see you there!

Although it's snowing in the Northeast, spring has arrived elsewhere. Happy Spring Break from does and fawns everywhere!

Click here to support The Mark Baumer Sustainability Fund by Mary Baumer

We are saddened by the loss of alumnus Mark Baumer '06, and fortunate that he passed our way.

“It’s amazing how often we all forget this is the only opportunity we are ever going to have to live this life.” --Mark Baumer The Mark Baumer Sustainability Fund will honor Mark. It will fund important community projects that raise awareness about the environment, promote social justice, as well as involving under-served populations directly in renewing their communities. These were the issues and causes that fueled Mar...

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