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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, Salman Rushdie 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 and during special classes. The Writing Center at Hunter College is another place where students can go to hear readings by acclaimed authors.

Hunter's award-winning English faculty also make time for the Muse Scholars. During Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2016 best-selling author and Hunter Professor Colum McCann (photo, right, with Muse Scholars and Muse Scholar Director Dara Meyers-Kingsley) spoke with the Muses 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 in March 2014 on Jimenez's poetry has earned her an award from the Olivetree Review, Hunter's undergraduate literary journal.  Click here to read her winning poem, "The Black Hole Speaks," in a digital copy of the magazine (pages 31 and 32) from the Spring 2012 semester.

Jimenez's talents don't end at poetry; she is also a skilled prose writer. During the Spring 2014 semester, she received the annual Tessie K. Scharps Prize for an essay on friendship from Hunter's Department of English


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." 

Sorokurs has also written articles for Hunter's college newspaper, The Envoy, and worked in the Archives and Special Collections of the Hunter College Library. In the Archives, Sorokurs has helped organize the Hunter College Concert Bureau Collection, which chronicles 33 years in what was one of New York City's proudest and most successful musical organizations.

 To learn more about the history of the Hunter College Concert Bureau, read this article


Co-Curricular Activities

Clubs and Groups

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, The Best Open Mic at Hunter and other 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 on Facebook and Twitter.



Learn more about internships in the arts by visiting the Office of the Arts online at

You can also find out about upcoming literary internships in New York by contacting Hunter's Department of English or Internship Coordinator Paula Wicklow at (212) 772-4850 in Hunter's office of Career Development Services.


Academic Study

The Department of English's Creative Writing concentration provides a vibrant workshop environment in which undergraduates develop their own poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. After an introductory course that exposes students to all three genres, students take advanced coursework in a specific genre of their choice. Students also have the opportunity to engage with world-class writers invited to read each semester as part of Hunter's Distinguished Writers Series.

The MFA in Creative Writing Program, which The Village Voice has called the "best MFA in New York City," has three concentrations: fiction, poetry and memoir. The curriculum consists of small workshops, craft seminars, literature courses and an advanced research skills seminar.

Degrees Offered:
BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, MFA in Creative Writing


Featured English major with Creative Writing Concentration

Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg (Muse Class of '15)
I am an English major with a concentration in fiction. I have interned with the Mint Theater Co., where I worked in production in the office and as a backstage assistant. I learned a tremendous amount while increasing my passion for and knowledge of theatre.