Applicants for admission to the writing program must submit a portfolio when applying for admission. Portfolio submission will automatically put you in the running for one of our creative writing scholarships.

The portfolio can be a short story, a personal essay, a selection of poems, a script, a novel excerpt, a 4-6-panel comic, a recorded feature of performance writing (a link to an online platform alongside a transcript), or a combination of these. Portfolios should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages and include a 150-word cover letter telling us what inspires your writing.

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

  • Can this applicant make scene or poetic moment come to life on the page, with vivid detail?
  • Do they have a powerful and original voice?
  • Can they create believable and interesting characters and/or poetic personas?
  • Can they reflect deeply?
  • Can they use language skillfully? Keep a story moving?
  • Does their stage persona demonstrate range of emotion, cadence, volume, and tension?

Please send us your creative writing and cover letter in a single file, in either .docx or .pdf format. Title the file with your last name: Smith Portfolio.docx or Smith Portfolio.pdf.

For full consideration for admission and our creative writing scholarship, email your portfolio by Feb. 15 to the Writers Institute.

After the Feb. 15th deadline late portfolios will be accepted until the program is filled.

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