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The Creative Writing BA Program

The Lilly Lieb Port creative writing program is a highly selective and structured BA program that shares features of the college’s arts programs. This major offers motivated, talented, and committed students a dynamic context and community in which to explore all aspects of creative writing.

As an integral part of the program, readings are held each semester by students, faculty, alumni who have published their writing, and professional writers. Editors and other members of the publishing world are also invited to speak and share their expertise with students.

Italics Mine, a student-run literary journal under the stewardship of the creative writing program, showcases the talent and diversity of Purchase College students by publishing original art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in print and online.

Study Abroad Opportunities
Creative writing majors are encouraged to apply to the college’s summer program in France, where they will participate in an intensive writing workshop, drawing on explorations of the surroundings for material.

Professional writers-in-residence and guest speakers have included:

Benjamin Anastas
Edward Albee
Michael Cunningham
Elyssa East
Ron Egatz
Hettie Jones
Jamaica Kincaid
Sheila Kohler
Tony Kushner
Jhumpa Lahiri
Jeffrey McDaniel
Rick Moody
Marjane Satrapi
Robert Seidman
Art Spiegelman
Craig Morgan Teicher
Cecilia Vicuña
Derek Walcott
Tom Wolfe

Many of these visits have been made possible through the generosity and support of the Royal and Shirley Durst Chair in Literature.

Check out Italics Mine,
the literary journal of the creative writing program!


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Tel.: (914) 251-6550
Fax: (914) 251-6559

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