The Creative Writing department at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts offers a comprehensive curriculum of classes in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. The program provides young writers with the opportunity to study the styles and voices of contemporary writers in various genres, develop their own literary talents, and facilitate their command of the writer’s craft. The program will nurture and challenge students in developing the writing and workshop skills necessary to further their voices and foster success in the future – whether pursuing writing, literature, or an unrelated field.
Within this program, students will:
- Read critically and analytically through a writer’s perspective
- Utilize form and craft in order to enhance function and communication of various perspectives
- Write for a specified or intended audience with coherence and clarity
- Communicate ideas and understanding through the vocabulary of the craft
- Critique peer writing using constructive criticism
- Engage in thorough revision of all final pieces
- Meet individually and in group settings with the instructor in order to gain insight into the writing process and further hone style and technique
- Prepare a presentation of work for a school-wide or public venue
The Creative Writing audition is a multi-step process beginning with the submission of a writing portfolio. Students will move on to receive an interview and will be asked to complete an on-site writing assignment.
Program of Studies
Creative Nonfiction 1/Poetry 1
Fiction 1/Drama 1
Creative Nonfiction 2/Poetry 2
Fiction 2/Drama 2
Creative Nonfiction 3/Poetry 3
Fiction 3/Drama 3
Creative Nonfiction 4/Poetry 4
Fiction 4/Drama 4
Katie Anderson is the Lead Creative Writing teacher at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Anderson took over the department in 2013, joining Barbara Ingram after six years at North Hagerstown High School. Anderson attended the International Writers’ Conference in Galway, Ireland in 2003 and graduated magna cum laude from Duquesne University in 2004 with a double major in English and Communication with a Writing emphasis. She is a 2012 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University where she received her M.A in Writing with a Poetry emphasis. She has been published in anderbo.com, Crack the Spine, 20Something Magazine, and OutsideIn Magazine.
Ms. Rebecca Fishow has an extensive background in creative writing and journalism. Her fiction, essays, interviews and illustrations have appeared in Joyland, The Believer Logger, Necessary Fiction, Jellyfish Review, Matrix, and other publications. She has taught English and writing composition at Syracuse University, as well as at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a contributing editor at Cosmonauts Avenue, and has been a staff writer for newspapers in New Hampshire and New York. Ms. Fishow received her Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, where she was awarded the Joyce Carol Oates Award in nonfiction.