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.

York College’s Story Earns Firecracker Award for Best Debut Magazine

York College’s literary magazine, Story, was recently awarded a Firecracker Award for Best Debut Magazine by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Published by the College with assistance from the Glatfelter Family Foundation and printed by The Sheridan Press in Hanover, Story is a double-sided, biannual magazine devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative. Twenty-six publishers were finalists among 240 entries in the various categories. Trophies designed by poet Matthea Harvey and printed by MakerBot were awarded to the winners.

Student Publishing and Writing Awards

For over 30 years, student-run literary journal The York Review has pubilshed the best writing and art on campus. Annual Bob Hoffman Writing Awards gives cash prizes for winning student writing in four categories. YCP students also publish original research and essays for the lit mag encyclopedia Paper Dreams, and at Story, the College's national literary journal.

2015-16 Visiting Writers Series: Justina Ireland

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.”

2015-16 Visiting Writers Series: Christopher DeWeese

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."

2015-16 Visiting Writers Series: Ryan Britt

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.