Creative Writing

Students sitting around a table, writing

The BIMA writing major is an intensive workshop-style course that focuses on fiction, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Throughout the summer, you will develop your craft, explore your individual writing voice, and plumb the depths of your own experience to create believable, multidimensional work.

With the guidance and mentorship of professional writers, you will learn various approaches to jumpstarting your creative work, read and critique your peers' work, and discuss published stories and poems as models and inspiration. Daily sessions focus on skills such as character development, narrative structure, dialogue, rhythm, meter, and voice.

Each summer, BIMA writers also go on a number of field trips to find inspiration and to understand the greater context for the role of the writer in society. In previous summers, writers visited the National Yiddish Book Center, the DeCordova Museum, Grub Street Writers Collaborative, and the Rose Art Museum. For summer 2017, writers took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, using visual art as motivation to create both poetry and prose. There were also three New York City-based guest speakers: Jive Poetics, a poet, DJ and educator; Jon Sands, a poet, fiction writer and educator; and Ynanna Djehuty, a writer, midwife, educator and activist.