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.


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