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2024 Creative Writing

Creative Writing students explore writing techniques through practice, group discussion, and individual critiquing sessions with faculty. Emphasis is placed on developing a keen awareness of the sound, shape, and connotative possibilities of the written word. Various types of creative writing may be explored, but there will be a strong emphasis on poetry. Applicants should be aware that class discussions are on a collegiate level and may contain mature subject matter. Up to 16 students are accepted.

Writers with strong storytelling abilities and an interest in filmmaking are encouraged to audition for both film & video and creative writing.

Requirements for Applicants

To apply to the creative writing program, applicants will submit a sample of previously written work and a new work created for this audition. Writing submissions may be any combination of poetry, fiction, personal essay, and/or an excerpt from a longer work. The sample of previously written material should not exceed 750 words and the new work should not exceed 500 words. The new work must include all of the following elements: an item of clothing, a sour taste, and a bridge.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Download Complete Creative Writing Applicant Guide

Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute creative writing program is generously provided, in part, by the Neustadt Charitable Trust Writing Endowment Fund.

OAI Quartz Preview Days

Interested in auditioning for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute but don’t know where to start? This fall, OAI is offering free workshops as part of the OAI Quartz Preview Days! Join us for a creative writing workshop below:

Muskogee

Tuesday, November 28, 1:00-3:30pm
MUSKOGEE HIGH SCHOOL
3200 E Shawnee Rd
Clinician: Dr. Matt Hollrah, Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Lawton

Wednesday, November 29, 9:00-11:00am
LIFE READY CENTER
702 NW Homestead Dr
Clinician: Dr. Matt Hollrah, Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Durant

Friday, December 1, 10:00am-12:00pm - **CANCELLED**
CHOCTAW CULTURAL CENTER
1919 Hina Hanta Way
Clinician: Dr. Matt Hollrah, Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Tulsa

Saturday, December 2, 12:00-2:00pm
BOSTON AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1301 S Boston Ave
Clinician: Dr. Matt Hollrah, Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

Wednesday, December 6, 1:00-3:00pm - **FULL**
OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY
11 NW 11th St
Clinician: Dr. Matt Hollrah, Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma