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.
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Wednesday, January 23: Jonathan Franzen. Fiction Reading, 6:45 pm, Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College.
Wednesday, February 6: Sheila Heti. Fiction Reading, 4:15 pm, Crookshank Hall #108, Pomona College.
Tuesday, March 26: Roger Bonair-Agard. Blooded and Sweet: How Violence Defines Art of Color – The Magic of Being ‘There.’ 4:15 pm, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College.
Wednesday, April 3: Patrick Dewitt. Fiction Reading, 4:15 pm, Crookshank Hall #108, Pomona College.
Monday, April 8: Rae Gouirand
Eros Reads Like All of Us: A Master Class on Queer Voices, Poetics, and Body Noise. 10 – Noon. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Reading, 4:15 pm, Broad Center Performance Space, Pitzer College.
Wednesday, April 17: Irwin Swirnoff. we are bodies: a performance, screening, and reading of queer works. 7:00 pm, Broad Center Performance Space, Pitzer College.
Thursday, April 18: Tufts Poetry Awards Ceremony. 5:00 pm, Garrison Theatre.
Wednesday, April 24: Anne Carson. Reading/Talk/Performance, 4:30 pm, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College.
Wednesday, May 1: Megan O'Rourke. "How to Be a Writer and Editor in the Internet Era." Reading and Conversation, 5:30 pm, Margaret Fowler Garden, Scripps College.