Hampshire's creative writing professors believe that writers need a deep knowledge of language and craft as well as a daring imagination that is open to the world. Above all, writing takes practice. Through workshop courses in fiction, literary journalism, and poetry that couple intensive writing with active reading, students practice elementary techniques, receiving detailed critiques from professors and peers. Our students discover and develop their own voices, and learn to read as writers. Our faculty also believe that each student's journey to writing is unique. Students are encouraged to develop their curiosities, and to discover their own ways of telling stories, all the while paying close attention to others' voices. Our faculty also know that good writing changes lives. Today's dramatically changing world requires writers to be deft, informed thinkers whose vision is broad and clear. In addition to taking creative writing courses each year, students actively explore a wide range of disciplines, bringing what they learn into active conversation with their creative work.
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