Writing sets students on a
road to capture the world in
all its dizzying complexity
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE HUMAN
At Drew, writing is done in a workshop setting where the primary text for the course is written by you and your fellow students. Our workshops help you move past your fears and toward true expression. But mostly we train you in thinking—sophisticated, playful, serious thinking.
We share with you all that is wonderful about the liberal arts—a deep and serious dialogue with peers, serious reading of the literature of the past, the crossing of cultural, temporal and linguistic boundaries and a kind of fearless curiosity about oneself and others—so that you grow as a person.
You can choose to focus on poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or playwriting. Our minor also emphasizes the art of reading literary texts, which gives you the chance to learn from great writing.
We regularly host public readings by renowned authors, from National Book Award winner Mark Doty to Pulitzer Prize—winning poet Paul Muldoon. You also have a shot at reading your own work at an awards event in our beloved coffeehouse, The Other End.
You can intern in all types of settings, from large publishers like Pearson Publishing and local newspapers to the unparalleled Dodge Poetry Festival—the largest in the nation—and Lucky magazine in Manhattan.
I am finishing my third book of poems, which I worked on as a Guggenheim Fellow, and recently turned in the manuscript of When We Leave Each Other, a book of translations of the work of the leading poet in Denmark, Henrik Nordbrandt. In my spare time I chase things: mountain peaks, tennis balls and especially my two young sons.
Ph.D., New York University
observational skills to create literature beyond your own experience in “Advanced Fiction”