Toni Frissell: Weeki Wachee spring, Florida. Originally published by Harper’s Bazaar in their December 1947 issue, and later by Sports Illustrated in 1955. From the Toni Frissell collection at the Library of Congress. This picture is in the public domain

Creative Writing

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.

Call for Submissions

Submit your work for the next issue of The York Review, YCP's student-run literary magazine. Published annually for over 30 years, The York Review considers student fiction, nonfiction, poetry, one-acts, photography, drawing, painting, comics, musical scores, and more. Submit work to: Send text submissions as Word documents and images in a 300+ DPI format. Deadline is October 31, 2014. The 2014 issue of The York Review is available online and in print around campus.

CW Reading List

Writers are readers first. With that in mind, our creative writing faculty have put together a suggested reading list for our YCP student creative writers---and for anyone interested in writing as craft and passion. 

Visiting Writer: Rachel Louise Snyder

National journalist and debut novelist Rachel Louise Snyder will give a reading in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall Art Galleries at 5:00PM, Thursday September 18, 2014. Q & A, book sale, and signing to follow the reading. "With sharp prose and compelling insight, What We’ve Lost is Nothing brings readers to a neighborhood in a moment of public crisis that unmasks a range of private crises. Snyder renders a beautiful portrait of...the gulf between the way that we imagine our worst fears, and the way that they come to pass and demand that we survive them.”

2014 Bob Hoffman Writing Awards

York College of Pennsylvania announces the 2014 Bob Hoffman Student Writing Contest, sponsored annually by the Bob Hoffman Foundation and open to all current YCP students. There will be cash prizes for the best submissions in the four categories of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. To submit, follow this link for writing contest rules & submission details. The contest deadline is October 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Visiting Writer: Tao Lin

Described by New York magazine as "the future of fiction," 30-year-old novelist Tao Lin is a leading voice in contemporary literature. The author of seven books of poetry and fiction, Lin is also the founder of the experimental publishing house, Muumuu House. Lin's latest novel, Taipei, is a complex roman à clef wrestling with themes of memory and technology. Lin will read from his work at 5:00PM, October 30, 2014 in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall Art Galleries. Q & A, book sale, and signing after. Click here for more details.