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Writers in Residence Series

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We are excited to announce that we are relaunching the virtual Creative Writing reading series on our YouTube channel called “Writers in Residence”! 

It will include readings by our faculty and we’d like to feature student readings as an integral part of the series. Any UChicago student or alum is invited to contribute, whether you have taken a Creative Writing class or not.

Participants may read from their own work or read from work by other writers (credited, of course). Please keep individual readings to 5-15 minutes in length. We invite you to get creative with the performance aspect in any way that feels appropriate. You may even choose to coordinate with others to group separate readings together. With your permission, this work may also be shared via UChicago Arts and Division of the Humanities platforms.

If you are interested, please refer to this pages for updates (form forthcoming). Contact crwr-staff@lists.uchicago.edu with any questions.  

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"Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

—Kurt Vonnegut (A.M. 1971)

The Program in Creative Writing is part of the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Chicago. Students at Chicago pursue creative writing within the larger context of academic study. While the purpose of the program is, above all, to give students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets and prose writers, it differs from creative writing programs at other universities in seeing itself as an integral part of the university’s intellectual life, and most particularly in providing opportunities for interdisciplinary work. The Program offers an undergraduate Major in Creative Writing, a joint minor in English and Creative Writing that includes a creative portfolio, and a formal Option through the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.

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