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Creative Writing

Read below to see how Muse Scholars have engaged in creative writing both inside and outside the classroom through attendance at special events, involvement in co-curricular activities, and more.


Every semester, the Distinguished Writers Series brings some of the biggest names in literature to Hunter College for an evening reading and question-and-answer session with the audience. Past readers have included Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood (photo, left), Sharon Olds, Michael Ondaatje, and many more. Muses are encouraged to attend the readings or go a step further and enroll in HUM 180, Distinguished Living Writers. In that course, undergraduates read the works of writers visiting for that semester's Distinguished Writers Series and get to interact with them at their readings or during special classes. The Writing Center at Hunter College is another place where students can go to hear special readings by acclaimed authors.

Hunter's award-winning English faculty also make time for the Muse Scholars. During Spring 2012, best-seller and Hunter Professor Colum McCann (photo, right, with Muses and Muse Scholar Director Dara Meyers-Kingsley) spoke with the Muse Scholars and other Hunter honors students about the writer's life and the inspiration behind his National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin.


Muse in the News - Creative Writing

Cailen Jimenez (Class of '15) has self-published a book of poetry, Wolves and Other Nightmares, under her pen name Alicen Grey. The book was released on March 30th on

Jimenez was also a winner of a Spring 2012 writing contest sponsored the Olivetree Review, the literary and art journal run by Hunter undergraduates. Click here to read Jimenez's poem, "The Black Hole Speaks," in a digital copy of the magazine (turn to pages 31 and 32).


Julie Sorokurs (Class of '16) won an award from the 2012 Random House, Inc. Creative Writing Competition for New York City high school students. Her short story, "Where They Drew the Line," was chosen for its "strong, clear voice." 

A graduate of Leon M. Goldstein High School, Sorokurs has been writing since she was eight years old. She intends to double major in Creative Writing and Linguistics and Rhetoric at Hunter.

Sorokurs has also written articles for Hunter's college newspaper, The Envoy.


Co-Curricular Activities

Get Involved with the Olivetree Review! The magazine, established in 1983 and published each semester, features art and writing primarily from Hunter undergraduate students. All Hunter undergrads - including the Muse Scholars - are welcome to submit and also to become editors in one of three departments: Art, Poetry, and Fiction/Non-Fiction/Drama.

The OTR also hosts open houses, writing sessions, art walks, craft workshops, and The Best Open Mic at Hunter, as well as other fun events. To stay updated, sign up for the magazine's email list, fill out the Student Contact Form, check out the Calendar page, or connect with on Facebook and Twitter.


Academic Study

Hunter's esteemed English Department offers the opportunity to major in English - with concentrations in Literature, Language & Criticism, Creative Writing, English Language Arts, Preparation for Secondary School Teaching, or Linguistics & Rhetoric - or minor in English by taking credits in literature, language, rhetoric, composition, or creative writing at the intermediate and advanced levels.