• The HSPVA Creative Writing Department began in the fall of 2011 with 14 freshmen. The program will add a class of students each year, growing to a program of about 60 students in 2016. Our key areas of study include short story writing, poetry, and dramatic writing. To enhance their work, the students also take courses in acting, digital storytelling, and publishing and editing.
    Mission Statement
    The HSPVA Creative Writing Program provides extensive training in various genres of writing, including the short story, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting. Its students have the opportunity to develop their unique voices through the writing, critiquing, revising and reading of various genres. The students will work and produce their writing in a variety of individual, group, performance, and publishing formats.
    Creative Writing Department Philosophy

    The philosophy of the Creative Writing Program is to provide a program that

    • Teaches the craft of writing and encourages creative thinking;
    • Expects students to write in a variety of genres as they develop their voices;
    • Enhances the students’ abilities to think critically about a piece of writing;
    • Studies writing throughout history in order to expand their own writing;
    • Provides a safe environment in which the students can develop their talent;
    • Requires integrity and honesty in their work and in communication with each others;
    • Teaches and expects responsibility and high moral conduct;
    • Reminds students to go out and notice the world so that they can use it brilliantly in their work,

    allowing the program to grow as it produces students who are creative, conscientious, and productive members of the community.