Applicants for admission to the writing program must submit a portfolio when applying for admission. The portfolio can be a short story, a personal essay, a selection of poems, a script or a combination of these. Portfolios should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages. We recommend putting your strongest work first.

We're trying to get a sense of what you can do as a creative writer. We'll be asking:

  • Can this applicant make a scene or poetic moment come to life on the page, with vivid detail?
  • Does s/he have a powerful and original voice?
  • Can s/he create believable and interesting characters and/or poetic personas?
  • Can s/he reflect deeply?
  • Use language skillfully? Keep a story moving?

For full consideration, email it by Feb. 1 to Glen Retief, director of the Writers Institute. Late portfolios will be accepted until the program is filled.

Janet Weis Scholarships
Creative Writing Scholarships

Eleven scholarships will be offered to first-year creative writing majors based on the quality of their writing portfolios.

Creative Writing Day
Creative Writing Day

Join us for a day of workshops, readings, and information sessions hosted by the Susquehanna University Writers Institute.

Writers Workshop
Summer Writers Workshop

High school students are invited to the Summer Writers Workshop, an opportunity for talented writers to attend small-group workshops taught by nationally recognized authors.

Apprentice Writer

Publishes poems, stories and personal essays by high school students from schools throughout the nation. It has a circulation of 11,000 and is distributed each September. In its 34th year, it is edited and produced, in part, by Susquehanna writing students.

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