Program Description

The Creative Writing program at Pitzer College is housed within the English and World Literature field group. We believe that student work has meaningful literary and intellectual value, and we foster a supportive community of writers among our students.

As writers, our practice is to listen for the poems and stories that exist in the world before they are written.  The aim of the writer is not to make a precise replica of experience, not to degrade the world in such a way, nor its ever-changing nature, but to build a door.  If we are lucky, our readers walk through that door, arriving at a room we could never have predicted alone. 

Literature stirs us and is stirred by us; it is not something to be experienced at arm's length. For this reason, we encourage our students to practice becoming engaged readers and writers of literature. We also hope our students will explore other disciplines, in order to broaden the sources for their own writing. Students will find a diverse offering of courses in creative writing and literature at both Pitzer and the other Claremont Colleges. They will also find many opportunities in the vibrant literary culture of the Los Angeles area.

Claremont Colleges Literary Events for Spring 2015

Tuesday, February 3
Bill Deresiewicz: Essayist. Hampton Room, Mallot Commons, Scripps College, Noon.

Wednesday, February 4
Brent Armendinger: Poetry. Book Launch: Queer Resource Center, 4pm.

Monday, February 9
Louise Gluck: Poetry. Crookshank 108, Pomona College, 4:15pm.

Thursday, February 12
Laurence Rickels and Jonathan Lethem: A Reading and Conversation. Crookshank 108, Pomona College, 4:15pm.

Friday, February 20
Azure Antoinette: Poetry & Spoken Word. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 11:30 am.

Wednesday, February 25
Mona Prince: Egyptian Writer, Translator, Activist. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 11:30 am.

Thursday, March 5
Lenelle Moïse and Anna Joy Springer: Poetry & Experimental Fiction. Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College, 7pm.

Monday, March 23
Mark Bibbins: Poetry. Crookshank 108, Pomona College 4:15 pm.

Monday, April 13
Bernard Cooper: Memoir & Fiction. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Thursday, April 16
2015 Annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony