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Welcome to the Creative Writing Department at Douglas Anderson,

a literary haven born in 1990 to meet the growing demand for diverse avenues of self-expression. Rooted in the belief that writing is an integral facet of the artistic spirit, our mission is to propel the art of writing forward, offering a dedicated and nurturing space for passionate wordsmiths.


Our program

Our curriculum is a vibrant tapestry, encompassing a spectrum of courses: from fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction to journalism, screenwriting, digital arts, publication, copy editing, speech, and oral interpretation. In our classrooms, students delve into theory, conduct readings of both contemporary and classical literature, engage in one-on-one conferences, benefit from mentoring, and participate in small group workshops focusing on revision, self-evaluation, and personal growth.

Unique Creative Opportunities

Awards & Accolades

Our students get incredible opportunities normally only afforded to graduate students in writing. The department has grown to produce many talented young writers who have gone on to win awards, to teach, and to publish. DA students have received recognition in or won the following: ​

  • Princeton University's Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize

  • National VOYA Award in poetry

  • YoungArts National Arts Recognition and Talent Search

  • Scholastic Art and Literary Awards

  • Southern Voices

  • Boditch Award in Poetry, Essay and Fiction

  • Columbia College of Chicago's Young Authors Writing Competition

  • Hollins University's Nancy Thorpe Poetry Contest

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