Creative Writing Program

A word after a word after a word is power. —Margaret Atwood

The Christine Schutt Creative Writing Program offers an elective track in the practice and study of writing. Open to Classes IX–XII, the program invites students with an interest in writing to deepen their practice through a series of advancing workshops. Working closely with the 92Y’s Unterberg Center, students attend readings and lectures throughout the year, meet with esteemed writers and critics, and participate in student-led workshops. Members of Class XII are able to pursue a senior thesis in a genre of their choice, culminating in a literary thesis presented to the greater Nightingale community and archived in the school’s library.

Creative Writing Seminar: Poetry is an elective course open to Nightingale students in Classes IX–XII by application. In this pass/fail course that meets once per schedule cycle, students read select works of literary criticism, hear from visiting authors, and workshop their own writing. Students gain increased familiarity with literary terminology, how to evaluate and respond to each other’s work in a workshop setting, and the landscape of contemporary literature. Each student is responsible for generating and revising a body of creative work throughout the course of the semester, culminating in a reading open to the Upper School. Students accepted into the Creative Writing Program are expected to enroll in one creative writing class each academic year that they participate in the program.