Resources for Creative Writers

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The following resources have been identified by Hampshire students, staff, faculty and alums and compiled by workers at the Career Options Resource Center. This is one of several Resource Guides geared towards students in popular concentrations. It is by no means a comprehensive list.


Internship Opportunities

Local Internships

Valley Advocate
Editorial and marketing internships available each semester.
116 Pleasant St, Suite 3350, Easthampton, MA 01027 (413) 529-2840, Kendra Thurlow:

Daily Hampshire Gazette
Semester and Summer internships. Contact Stan Moulton, Hampshire Alum and internship director for the Gazette. 
Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA 01060 413-584-5000.

Outside Internships

Fine Arts Work Center
Provincetown, MA. Provides housing, financial assistance, and creative support for writers in the beginning stages of their careers. Summer, winter, and fall sessions.
24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 487-9960,

Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants

Funds For Writers 
Information on contests, grants, markets, ebooks, etc.
Annual Summer Writing Scholarship for Div II or III 
Stipend to support a deserving IA creative writing concentrator in a summer writing project. Contact:

Resources for Minority Students

Neal-Marshall Graduate School Fellowship in Creative Writing 
A fellowship of $4,000 granted to students of color interested in poetry and fiction writing. This is offered by Indiana University’s Creative Writing graduate program.
Callaloo Journal 
The premier literary journal of the Diaspora, known for its fiction, poetry, and arts of all African people, holds two-week workshops for students at Texas A&M University during the Spring.
The Fund for Women Artists 
List of funding resources for women writers

Graduate School Programs

Indiana University Creative Writing Program
One of America’s oldest and most distinguished creative writing programs, Indiana University’s MFA program is dedicated to having a strong representation of students of color & GLBT students, as well as faculty of color in the MFA program. Twelve new students (six in poetry, six in fiction) are generally accepted per year.
University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop
The first creative writing workshop in the US, the University of Iowa continues to give workshops and seminars to students interested in pursuing creative writing. Many US Poet Laureates have graduated from these very courses! The primary focuses of the workshops are poetry and fiction, but nonfiction courses are also available.
University of New Mexico
UNM instructors and students alike have gained notoriety for receiving numerous writing awards. The three-year program is split into studio-based workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and seminars in literature and pedagogy. In the final three semesters, students work one-on-one with their instructors towards a book suitable for publishing. The university also has a national literary magazine, and is lauded for its Taos Summer Writing Conference.
New York University
“The program is not defined by courses alone but by a life built around writing.” Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU is known as a breeding ground for writers of all sorts. Students participate in seminars and workshops taught by practicing writers rather than critics of writing. There are also literary outreach fellowships, wherein students travel to NY high schools and prisons to exchange their writing with the writings of the community.
San Francisco State University
Located in the thriving Bay area, SFSU is known for its emphasis on creative process and its commitment to variety in writing--style, subject, and approach. The MA in English or Creative Writing is also offered if students have time constraints on their graduate experience.
New School University
For writers who wish to strengthen their craft—be it fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or even writing for children—this school should be high on the list. Both in the classroom and through a program of distinguished visitors, including New York City magazine and book editors, publishers, literary agents, and prominent teachers of writing, the New School Writing Program aims to animate, expand, and intensify the writer's life.

Faculty and Staff Contacts

Robert Coles, Associate Professor of African/American Literature, FPH G14, ext. 5363 

Has tons or resources for students interested in pursuing creative writing (poetry, prose, screenwriting), and great advice for those who want to have a career in these fields. Great resource for students of color.
Ellie Donkin, Professor of Theatre,, EDH 26, ext. 5511

Has resources for students interested in pursuing playwriting.
Ellie Siegel, Professor of Writing,, Writing Center, ext. 5577

Has national internship contacts, knows Hampshire alumni Kathleen Anderson and Melaga Baldi (Literary Agents).
Lynne Hanley, Professor of Writing,, EDH 16, ext. 5407

Has tons of referrals to alumni, as well as knowledge of graduate school programs.

On-Campus Opportunities

The Climax, Hampshire’s official student-run newspaper

The Omen, Weekly Student Magazine

The Reader, Accepts all poetry and prose in the fall

Creative Writing Contests

information about creative writing contests, literary magazines theme issues, writing residencies, etc. Creative Writing Contests
long listing of creative writing contests, many with no entry fees.
lists contests by month of submission deadline.

External Links

Creative Writing Grad School Programs
Has a myriad of grad schools, coast to coast and internationally, that feature creative writing programs. Also includes links to websites of the schools, as well as the email addresses of some professors in the programs. One of the best resources for creative writing programs.
Poets And Writers Magazine
Has TONS of links to grants and resources in the writing field, an A-Z directory of writers in theUS, and is home to the Poets and Writers Magazine, the top magazine for creative writing resources.
Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
Offers creative writing programs at over 330 colleges and universities in the US. Has directory by state of the colleges that offer AWP creative writing programs. Great for considering graduate programs in writing.
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