Princeton has nurtured writers from Revolutionary War poet Philip Freneau to F. Scott Fitzgerald ’17, from major Post-War poets like William Meredith ’40, Galway Kinnell ’48, and W.S. Merwin ’48 to writers of the moment like Jane Hirshfield ’73, Jodi Picoult ’87 and Jonathan Safran Foer ’99. Learn more
Writers of national and international distinction visit campus virtually every week to participate in the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series and discuss their work, while the Leonard Milberg collections of Modern American Poetry, Irish Poetry, Irish Theater and Jewish American Writers provide world-class opportunities for the study of contemporary literature.
The Program in Creative Writing offers Princeton undergraduates the unique opportunity to pursue original work in fiction, poetry and translation under the guidance of 15 practicing writers, including Jeffrey Eugenides, Chang-rae Lee, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, Tracy Smith, Susan Wheeler, Edmund White and C.K. Williams. Small workshop courses, averaging 8-10 students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginners and advanced writers, and each year 15-20 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative thesis: a novel or a collection of short stories, poems or translations. [close]