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 2013

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Monday, October 7
Sheila Malovany-Chevalier and Constance Borde: Translators. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Friday, October 11
Marianne Boruch: 2013 Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Reception and Reading. With Brent Armendinger, Hillary Gravendyk, and Steven Sanchez. Peggy Phelps and East Galleries, Claremont Graduate University, 5 pm.

Monday, October 28
Louise Steinman: Memoirist and Literary Curator, [ALOUD] Series, Los Angeles Public Library. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Tuesday, October 29
Zadie Smith. Fiction Reading. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Tuesday, November 5
Radical Reciprocity: Writers and Artists on Epistolary Practice. With Jen Hofer, Elana Mann, Brett Stalbaum of Electronic Disturbance Theater, and Matias Viegener. McConnell Founder’s Room, Pitzer College, 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 13
In-Suk Kim and Kyong-uk Kim, with Bruce Fulton, translator. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 12 pm.

Wednesday, November 14
Ricardo Quinones. Dramatic Reading. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College, 6:45 pm.

Tuesday, November 18
Tom Healy: Poet and Chairman of Fulbright Scholarship Board. Time and location TBA.