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 Fall 2014

Monday, September 8
Julie Carr: Poetry. Crookshank 108, Pomona College, 4:15 pm.

Thursday, September 18
August Kleinzahler: Poetry. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Wednesday, September 24
Anis Mojgani: Spoken Word. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Thursday, September 25
Eli Horowitz and Kevin Moffett: The Silent History. Founders Room, Honnold Library, 4:15 pm.

Monday, September 29
Luci Tapahanso: Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation. Founders Room, Honnold Library, 4:00 pm.

Monday, October 6
Ali Liebegott and Sarah Fran Wisby: Poetry & Prose. Fletcher 110, Pitzer College, 4:15 pm.

Wednesday, October 8
Ben Lerner: Poetry & Prose. Crookshank 108, Pomona College, 4:15 pm.

Thursday, October 23
Afaa Michael Weaver: 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award Winner. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Friday, October 24
Afaa Michael Weaver and Claudia Rankine: Poetry. Phelps and East Galleries, Claremont Graduate University, 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 4
Brian Blanchfield: Poetry. Crookshank 108, Pomona College, 4:15 pm.

Monday, November 10
Claudia Rankine: Pepper Lecture. Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College, 4:15 pm.

Tuesday, November 18
CAConrad: (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop. Art Studio East, Pitzer College, 10 am - 12:30 pm. Please RSVP:

CAConrad: Poetry Reading. Grove House, Pitzer College, 4:15 pm.

Thursday, November 20
Lydia Davis: Public Reading. Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College, 4:15 pm.

Lydia Davis: Seminar on Translation. Baxter 108, Scripps College, 12:30 - 2 pm. RSVP required: