Creative Writing

Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA)


Prescott College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is designed for students with excellent writing potential who want the opportunity to deepen their literary experience and develop their writing talent on a personal, professional or graduate level teaching path. Prescott College offers a variety of courses in each genre of writing (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) as well as American, world, and cross-disciplinary literature, and professional practicum opportunities in literary journal publishing, newspaper journalism, and teaching.

Publications, Awards, and Events

The centerpieces of Writing and Literature are an annual literary journal, Alligator Juniper, and the student newspaper, The Raven Review. Alligator Juniper is student-staffed and faculty-mentored, publishing nationally recognized poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and Prescott College student contest winners in each category. The journal =received the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Directors Prize for content in 2001, 2004, and 2008.

The Prescott College Arts Council supports writing and literature-related activities. The Southwest Writers Series hosts nationally acclaimed and emerging writers for informal dialogues and workshops as well as formal readings. Guests have included Edward Abbey, Sherman Alexie, Christopher Buckley, Natalie Diaz, James Galvin, Joy Harjo, Barbara Kingsolver, Barry Lopez, Rick Moody, and Alberto Alvaro Rios. Students share their work through public readings and class-generated anthologies.

Scholarships and Fellowships for Writing and Literature Students

The Arts & Letters Writing and Literature Scholarship each year recognizes an outstanding student working toward a competence in the realm of writing and literature or an incoming student with the intention to pursue such a competence. The Dorothy Ruth Ellis Endowed Scholarship each year recognizes an outstanding student in writing, literature or journalism. The Frederick & Frances Sommer Fellowship each year assists the academic and artistic endeavors of a senior with a competence in the area of writing and literature as well as any other area of Arts & Letters by providing senior-year housing in the Sommer cabin. Located in a forested Prescott neighborhood, the cabin includes studio space and B&W darkroom.

To learn more about these scholarships, see Endowment Scholarships under Financial Aid.

Examples of creative writing courses:

  • Poetry Workshop
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Nature’s Voice
  • The Memoir
  • Sense of Place
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Sudden Fiction
  • Short Story Cycle 
  • Forms of Fiction

Examples of literature courses: 

  • Film & Literature: Elements of Desire
  • Film & Literature: Sense of Place
  • In & Out of Africa
  • Voices from Latin America
  • Women’s Literature
  • Voices from the American Mosaic

Examples of practicum courses:

  • Literary Journal Practicum (Alligator Juniper)
  • Newspaper Journalism (The Raven Review)
  • Teaching Assistantship: Poetry Workshop
  • Teaching Assistantship: Sudden Fiction
  • Writers in the Community
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