Our popular offerings in creative writing draw students from across the Five Colleges. Workshops and readings contribute to a lively spirit of creativity on campus. Creative writing, a special concentration at MHC (not a major), includes a wide variety of courses in fiction, poetry, journalism, essay writing, and narrative nonfiction that may be applied toward a major or minor in English. In addition to introductory classes, advanced craft workshops and seminars are offered in poetry, short story and novel writing, journalism history and ethics, and writing for children. Advanced students may be considered for independent study and thesis projects in creative writing. Courses are taught by tenured and visiting faculty, including award-winning poets, novelists, and journalists. Literary magazines, including the Blackstick Review and Verbosity, are produced each year by students.
Since 1923, MHC has hosted one of the nation’s most prestigious college poetry events, the annual Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest. Glascock judges, who each spring engage students in stimulating dialogues about craft and also read from their work, have included such luminaries as Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Seamus Heaney, and many others. The library’s elegant Stimson Room houses a generous collection of modern and contemporary poetry and provides an attractive and intimate gathering place for students and faculty. MHC also rotates as host for the Five College PoetryFest, an annual spring event bringing together student writers and faculty in a cross-campus literary celebration.