The Lilly Lieb Port creative writing program is a highly selective and structured BA program that shares features of the college’s arts programs.

The purpose of this program is to offer 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 one of the college’s many study abroad programs. Please contact the Education Abroad Coordinator at for more information.


In addition to meeting General Education requirements, creative writing majors must complete a minimum of nine courses and an 8-credit senior project (45–47 credits total) as follows. The foundation courses and the two genre courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher*:

  • CWR 1000/Poetic Techniques: 4 credits*
  • CWR 1100/Narrative Techniques: 4 credits*
  • Two courses in the student’s chosen genre (poetry or fiction): 8 credits*
    CWR 2400/Poetry Writing I and CWR 3400/Poetry Writing II
    CWR 2500/Fiction Writing I and CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II
    *Must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
  • Two upper-level creative writing electives from the list below: 8 credits
    • CWR 3110/Writing Home
    • CWR 3125/ Alternate Worlds
    • CWR 3200/Art of the Novella
    • CWR 3215/ Editing and Production: Editing
    • CWR 3220/ Editing and Production: Production
    • CWR 3450/ Poets at Work: First Books.
  • Two literature courses, chosen from an approved list: 7–8 credits
  • Arts-related course(s): 3–4 credits
  • CWR 4000/Special Topics in Creative Writing: 3 credits
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Note: Creative writing majors are encouraged to apply to one of the college’s many study abroad programs. Please contact the Education Abroad Coordinator at for more information.


Sequence of Study

All creative writing majors follow a sequence of courses, whether their chosen genre is poetry or fiction:

  1. To encourage an awareness of and sensitivity to the various aspects of the craft of creative writing, students are required to take the introductory courses, CWR 1000 and 1100, in their first year of study.
  2. In the second year, poetry students move on to CWR 2400/Poetry Writing I, then to CWR 3400/Poetry Writing II, while fiction writing students take CWR 2500/Fiction Writing I, followed by CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II.
  3. After completing this course sequence, students have the opportunity to study for one semester with a writer-in-residence. In addition, advanced tutorials are available on a regular basis, emphasizing continuous, close work on revision and editing skills. In the most advanced classes, students begin to explore the fiction and poetry market. A component of advanced study may also include experience in editorial and copyediting techniques as preparation for work in the publishing industries.
  4. Students take CWR 4000/Special Topics in Creative Writing in the fall of their senior year, in tandem with the first semester of their senior project.


  • Professor of Creative Writing
    • BA, Harvard University
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Professor of Creative Writing
    • BA, Fontbonne College
    • PhD, Florida State University
  • Lecturer, Creative Writing

    BA, Bennington College
    MFA, University of Maryland
    MAR, Yale Divinity School

  • Lecturer, Creative Writing
    • BA, Ramapo College
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Associate Professor of Creative Writing
    • BA, Connecticut College
    • MFA, Purdue University