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Creative Writing

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

Grade 9

Creative Nonfiction 1/Poetry 1
Fiction 1/Drama 1
Writer’s Ensemble 

Grade 10

Creative Nonfiction 2/Poetry 2
Fiction 2/Drama 2
Writer’s Ensemble

Grade 11

Creative Nonfiction 3/Poetry 3
Fiction 3/Drama 3
Writer’s Ensemble

Grade 12

Senior Seminar
Creative Nonfiction 4/Poetry 4
Fiction 4/Drama 4
Writer’s Ensemble



Katie Anderson     


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, Crack the Spine, 20Something Magazine, and OutsideIn Magazine.




Rebecca Fishow 


Rebecca Fishow has been a creative writing teacher at BISFA since 2016. Before that, she taught English and writing composition at Syracuse University and Concordia University in Montreal. She also has a background in newspaper journalism, both as a staff writer and freelance contributor. Ms. Fishow is the author of the short story collection The Trouble With Language (Trnsfr Books), which won the 2019 Holland Prize, as well as the chapbook The Opposite of Entropy (Proper Tales Press, 2018). Her writing has appeared widely in print and online, including publications in Tin House, Quarterly West, Joyland, and Smokelong Quarterly. She holds an MFA in fiction from Syracuse University, where she was a Cornelia Carhart Ward fellow.