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Working with a faculty that believes strongly in the importance of imaginative and questioning work, Hampshire students are encouraged to develop a responsive vision of the world around them, sharpening their writing skills as they explore a wide range of disciplines.

All Hampshire students are writers, as courses require substantial writing in many varied forms. Hampshire is one of relatively few colleges offering writing as a major, and students can concentrate on writing directly, or as it relates to other interests. Those who concentrate in creative writing enroll in small, intensive workshops and seminars in poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative memoir, and literary journalism. Students are constantly asked to write and rewrite, receiving detailed critiques from faculty and peers.

Hampshire's robust writing culture extends across the curriculum, as students are invited to produce voiced, lyrical, vigorous writing in every discipline. Hampshire's committee system facilitates the cross-disciplinary faculty supervision of students exploring unexpected combinations of form and content: plays about mountain top removal, poems about atom bomb testing, novels exploring theoretical linguistics, and histories as narrative.

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Associated Faculty

Hampshire College Professor Nell Arnold
Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Swahili Studies
Hampshire College Writing Instructor Alejandro Cueller
Writing Instructor/Faculty Associate
Deb Gorlin
Emerita Senior Faculty Associate
Uzma Khan
Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing
Hampshire College Professor Michael Lesy
Professor of Literary Journalism
Hampshire College Professor Will Ryan
Co-Director - Writing Program
Hampshire College Professor Ellie Siegel
Emerita Senior Faculty Associate

Student Project Titles

Sample First-Year Course

Intro to Writing

This course will explore the work of scholars, essayists, and creative writers in order to use their prose as models for our own. We'll analyze scholarly explication and argument; we'll also try to appreciate the artistry in our finest personal essays and short fiction. Students will complete a series of critical essays in the humanities and natural sciences and follow with a personal essay and a piece of short fiction. Students will have an opportunity to submit their work for peer review and discussion; students will also meet individually with instructors. Frequent, enthusiastic revision is an expectation.

Sample Courses at Hampshire *

* These course samples do not include courses in fiction and poetry, journalism, or playwriting.

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Facilities and Resources

Hampshire College Writing Center
The Hampshire College Writing Center is open to all students at the College. The center is available to help students with writing skills, from brainstorming to drafting paragraphs to writing a final paper. Students can use the center for one-time-only assistance or on a regular basis. The Writing Center also offers courses that focus on writing across the curriculum, and provides workshops in writing skills and in training undergraduate teaching assistants.

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