York College creative writing courses offer students a chance to develop their writing and creative thinking skills under the direction of an actively publishing faculty, alongside their writing peers, and supported by a host of annual visiting writers and publishers. Each semester, our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced creative writing courses, such as Fiction Writing or Screenwriting. The college also offers a Creative Writing Minor for those students interested in more actively pursuing their writing careers or goals. Creative writing happens outside the classroom as well, with the student run literary and arts magazine, The York Review, national student-assisted literary magazine, Story, the annual Bob Hoffman Writing Contest, and student and professional readings across campus year-round.
Novelist Justina Ireland will give a reading in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall Art Galleries at 5:00PM, Thursday September 17, 2015. Q & A, book sale, and signing to follow the reading. Ireland is a YA novelist living in PA, and says, “I write books about dangerous girls and the boys (and sometimes girls) who dig them.” In her debut novel, Vengeance Bound, she was inspired by the mythological, especially the Furies. Kirkus Reviews described Vengeance Bound as “Buffy meets Dexter with a sprinkling of Aeschylus.” Her second book, Promise of Shadows, an elaborate Greek-mythology-based fantasy, was published in 2014, and called “A dark, slyly funny read.”
Poet Christopher DeWeese will read from his work at 5:00PM, October 29, 2015 in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall Art Galleries. Q & A, book sale, and signing after. DeWeese's poems have appeared widely in literary journals and magazines including Boston Review, Fence, FIELD, Granta, andTin House. His first book of poetry, The Black Forest, was published in 2012 by Octopus Books, and his second collection, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, was published in 2015 by Octopus. James Tate said of the poems in The Black Forest, "These poems sock home truth and enact poetic somersaults that leave me out of breath. It's a pleasure to recommend them to anyone brave enough."
Essayist and fiction writer Ryan Britt will read from his work at 5:00PM, February 18, 2016 in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall Art Galleries. Q & A, book sale, and signing after. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, VICE, The Awl, and much elsewhere. Britt's first book, the essay collection Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths, will be published by Plume (an imprint of Penguin Random House) on November 24, 2015. Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman says, "Ryan Britt is...the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery.” Britt is the New York Editor for York College's literary magazine, Story.