The English Department's elective program in creative writing is open to students in all grades, supporting young writers throughout their development with a progressive series of workshops. Students are encouraged to participate in the wider life of the writer, submitting their writing, editing Blue Flag, the school's literary magazine, and sharing their work at one of the program's many public readings.

Introduction to Creative Writing: Students write poetry and fiction, growing comfortable in a workshop setting as they learn how to discuss one another's work.

Advanced Workshops
: Advanced Workshops focus increasingly on craft and technique. Advanced Writing Workshop allows students to continue experimenting with both fiction and poetry, while the other advanced classes are genre-based and much more focused. These include Advanced Poetry Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing: The Short Story and Advanced Fiction Writing: The Novella.

Senior Thesis Workshop
: Second semester seniors work on a unique project with the support of the workshop and individual mentoring from the instructor. At the conclusion of the workshop, the writers read their work at the Annual Celebration of Creative Writing, and the theses are preserved in the Dalton Archives.

Read "The Pedagogy of the Creative Writing Workshop", published in the 2014 issue of the Parents League Review. Read "Alchemy: Creative Writing at Dalton", published in the Fall, 2011 issue of Dalton's Connections magazine. Read "The Gold Standard: Defending Creative Writing in the Classroom", published in the September-October, 2005 issue of Teachers & Writers.


Creative Writing News

List of 2 news stories.

  • Dalton MS & HS Students Awarded in NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Competition

    Every year, Dalton students submit artworks and various forms of writing to the NYC Scholastic Art & Writing Awards achieving outstanding results. 2018 was no exception, with six Gold Keys and eight Silver Keys awarded in Art, and seven Gold Keys and ten Silver Keys in Writing categories. 67 students in all won awards including 35 Honorable Mentions.
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  • Advanced Poetry Student Authors Share Their Writing

    The students from the Advanced Poetry Writing classes shared some of their work from the semester. In the words of Mr. Hood, as he introduced the event, "The poetry...is relentlessly honest about the human condition. It is sometimes poets speaking from their own lives, with a very raw personal honestly, it's sometimes the poet creating a character." He further explained that both methods are ways of trying to access feeling for the reader. The appreciative audience was sizable and included a number of Creative Writing Program alums. Twelve poets shared their work.

    Story and photos provided by High School English Teacher and Creative Writing Program Coordinator Chris Hood
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