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.

The 2014 York Review

The 2014 issue of The York Review is online and available in print on campus, with new work from Angele Glotfelter, Nathanial Barnes, Melanie King, and more. Published annually, The York Review considers fiction, nonfiction, poetry, one-acts, photography, drawing, painting, comics, music scores, and so forth. Submit work to: Send text submissions as Word documents. Submissions will be reviewed during the Fall 2014 semester.

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. 

New YCP National Literary Magazine

YCP is proud to announce the debut of its new national literary magazine, Story, edited by YCP facullty, students, and alumni. Launched in Feburuary 2014 to the 14,000 attendees of the AWP conference in Seattle, Story is a biannual, mulitidisciplinary magazine about stories and storytelling. Three cheers to our first student editorial assistants, Ashli MacKenzie (English Literary Studies, '14) and Tracy Chopek (Professional Writing, '14).

2014-15 Visiting Writers

During the 2014-15 academic year, York College will again host a blockbuster list of writing talent on campus, such as the avant-garde writer and publisher Tao Lin, reporter and novelist Rachel Louise Snyder, and poet Gary Fincke. For information about any of our visiting writers, contact:


This Fall 2014 semester, YCP will again accept submissions for the annual Bob Hoffman Student Writing Contest, sponsored by the Bob Hoffman Foundation. There will be cash prizes for the best submissions in the four categories of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction---so get writing. (Check here for last year's contest guidelines.) And be on the look out for news of our 2014-15 YCP Writer-in-Residence.