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Certificate in Creative Writing

The Art Alliance Writers' Workshop is for emerging writers who work in fiction, non-fiction, and/or poetry.  Participants improve their writing while working with an accomplished cohort over a year of intensive courses.  Upon completion of coursework, students earn a certificate in Creative Writing. 

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The Art Alliance Writers' Workshop is a one-year intensive writing experience focused on perfecting your writing portfolio and developing your artistic voice and literary vision.  In this program, you will pursue your craft while participating in an exchange of ideas with classmates, faculty, and the literary arts community of Philadelphia.  Students in the Writers' Workshop work with UArts' Creative Writing faculty and are invited to partake in the larger offerings of UArts' programming, which includes readings, lectures, performances, and more.  In addition to coursework, students meet regularly with faculty for one-on-one manuscript review.  The curriculum is designed to be completed in evenings, allowing you to maintain your professional life as you explore the creative potential of language.  

Course Sequence

Participants complete nine classes over three semesters (Fall, Winter, and Summer) with a short January break during which students work one-on-one with mentors. The workshops are supplemented by a Process and Practice course, which focuses on reading contemporary authors. Courses meet twice per week, from 6pm - 8 or 9pm.

Fall Semester

Introduction to Creative Writing

This one-day intensive will introduce you to the program and the cohort. The workshop will include readings, interactive learning opportunities, and an introduction to Philadelphia's writing communities. (1 cr | 1 Day Workshop | $150)

Writing Workshop I

This workshop will center on establishing a shared language for generation and discussion. Class time will focus on craft, grammar, and effectively communicating ideas and meaning in writing. The class will also serve as an introduction to you and your writing for the group. (2 cr | 5 weeks | $625)

Writing Workshop II

In the second workshop of your first semester, you will advance your work through drafting, revision, and the generation of new work. The emphasis in this workshop will be on the process of revision and building critical skills to evaluate and improve your writing projects. (2 cr | 5 weeks | $625)

Process and Practice I

This course meets once a week for one hour to build your knowledge of contemporary and canonic literature. The course aims to break down the barrier between critic and writer. (1 cr | 10 weeks | $250)

Winter Break / Spring Semester

Winter Retreat

During the Winter Retreat, you will work with faculty to develop a learning/reading plan for the Spring semester. (1 cr | 1 Day Workshop | $200)

Spring Symposium

Visiting writers will engage certificate students through a panel discussion on the professional life of writers. You will participate in a master class given by a visiting writer or member of the UArts Creative Writing faculty, and you will develop a “next step” plan for the continuation of your writing practice and career. (1 cr | 1 Day Workshop | $200)

Manuscript Review Sessions

You will have three 45-minute sessions with a faculty member or writer from the Philadelphia writing community to discuss your work. Meetings will take place online and in-person. (0 cr | by appointment | $250 rate)

Process and Practice II

This course meets once a week for one hour to build your knowledge of contemporary and canonic literature. Process and Practice 2 works in conjunction with the workshop classes to explore the literary context and histories relevant to your own work. (1 cr | 10 weeks | $250)

Writing Workshop III

This workshop encourages you to explore new forms and experimental narrative styles, focusing on the formal components of genre. In class sessions, you will receive feedback on new work and works-in-progress. (2 cr | 5 weeks | $625)

Writing Workshop IV

In your last workshop of the program, you will begin compiling a chapbook or manuscript for publication. You will further develop the language and context for communicating and articulating your vision as a writer. Class discussions and critique will focus on works assembled into one longer piece, linked stories, or a book of poetry. (2 cr | 5 weeks | $625)

Summer Semester

Summer Retreat

You will meet literary agents/editors of literary journals. You will participate in a one-day workshop and an afternoon craft class given by a published writer. The workshop will end with a reading given by faculty and guest writers followed by an open mic student reading. (1 cr | 1 Day Workshop | $200)

Creative Writing Capstone

For your Capstone, you will work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to produce a finished project of your own design.

Applications are accepted for Fall 2020

Application deadline: July 1, 2020
Fall cohort begins: September 28, 2020

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Application Requirements

Applicants must have works-in-progress to be considered. A portfolio of writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or a combination) is a required component of the application. 

  1. Writing portfolio - Work should be MLA formatted and styled in a consistent font. 

      Poetry: submit up to 10 pages of poetry, starting each poem on a new page. Poetry should be single spaced or double spaced based on the aesthetic choices of the author.

      Fiction: submit 15 pages of prose, double spaced.

      Mixed-genre: submit no more than 15 pages total (we suggest 5 pages of poetry and 10 pages of prose following outlined formatting guidelines for each genre).

  1. A brief personal statement (500 - 750 words) addressing how you feel this program will benefit you as a writer.

  2. Resume

  3. Attach all required materials as .pdf or Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) to your completed online application form.

     

Questions? Contact Steve Kleinman, Art Alliance Writers' Workshop Coordinator: skleinman@uarts.edu

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If accepted, students must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $100 to hold their place in the program. The matriculation fee is used to cover costs associated with the certificate program such as UArts CS student photo ID and computer lab access.


Courses are led by UArts creative writing faculty and include exclusive access to visiting writers.  

Meet our Instructors

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Steve Kleinman

Instructor & Art Alliance Writers' Workshop Coordinator
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Zach Savich

Creative Writing
Instructor & Assistant Professor

Fall 2020 visiting writers will be announced shortly. Past visiting writers to the University of the Arts include: 

2017-2018 Visiting Writers

  • Siobhan Fallon
  • Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  • Alex Ross Perry
  • Joe Gangemi
  • Rahul Mehta

2016 - 2017 Visiting Writers

  • Annie Liontas
  • Gregory Pardlo
  • Lesley Arfin
  • Kevin Moffett
  • David Greenberg
  • Heather Tone

2015 - 2016 Visiting Writers

  • Darin Strauss
  • Naomi Guttman
  • Alison Bagnall
  • Liz Moore
  • Siobhan Vivian '01
  • Alicia Jo Rabins

2014 - 2015 Visiting Writers

  • Kazim Ali
  • David Simon
  • Katherine Bode-Lang
  • Asali Solomon
  • Elise Juska

2013 - 2014 Visiting Writers

  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Cole Swensen
  • Laura van den Berg
  • Tomás Q. Morín
  • Zach Savich
  • Scott McCloud

The Art Alliance Writers’ Workshop at University of the Arts is soliciting poems for its first poetry contest. 

Each contest winner will receive a cash prize of $100, publication of their poem in a future issue of Horsethief Magazine, and ten hand-printed letterpress broadside prints of their winning poem. The winner will have the opportunity to give a reading alongside Daisy Fried at the Art Alliance on Thursday, April 2nd, during a public program celebrating the work of CK Williams.

Two poems will be chosen winners, one from a poet residing in the greater Philadelphia area, and one from a poet residing anywhere in the United States. The contest is being held in unison with the exhibit Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde. Though the poems do not need to reference the exhibit directly, we encourage all entrants who are able to gather inspiration from the forthcoming exhibition.  Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde opens January 21, 2020 at four Philadelphia venues including the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Art Alliance, Gershman Hall, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum.

Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde will highlight and explore Philadelphia’s significant contributions to visual culture in the 1950s through the 1970s in an exhibition, a publication and performances. The project will invite audiences to envision Philadelphia as “a city of firsts,” which produced the first Pop Art exhibitions; innovations in architecture and urban planning; one of the country’s first rock music magazines, and substantial postwar growth of art schools.

Invisible City is organized by University of the Arts’ Director of Exhibitions, Sid Sachs, and is centered at three UArts venues including, the Art Alliance, the Rosenwald Wolf Galleries and Gershman Hall, as well as a fourth venue and at PAFA.

The Art Alliance Writers’ Workshop broadside contest seeks to promote poems that dare to do something new. Please send us your best and most daring and visionary work. 

Submission Guidelines:

Submit one to three unpublished poems of no longer than 1 page each. Poems must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Multiple submissions are encouraged. 

To submit, visit [link to jot form here] and please follow these guidelines:

— include a cover letter listing your name, contact information, the titles of each of the poems you are submitting and whether we should consider you for the Philadelphia and surrounding areas contest or the national contest (please use the box on the form titled “Cover Letter” and do not include an additional cover letter in your submission).

— submit all poems in one single uploaded file. 

— if you submit more than one entry, you must pay the $10 entry fee each time. 

— submit by midnight, February 1, 2020, PST. 

Finalists will be selected by staff and interns at the Art Alliance Writers’ Workshop.  Winners will be selected by the staff at Horsethief Magazine. Prize winners will be announced mid-March 2020. 

Application will open shortly.

Questions?

Request more info

Steve Kleinman, Coordinator 
Art Alliance Writers' Workshop

skleinman@uarts.edu

Art Alliance at University of the Arts
artalliance@uarts.edu 
251 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-545-4302