The ASFA Creative Writing department offers Alabama's best young writers an extended course of study in the literary arts that is nearly unparalleled in its rigor and scope at the scholastic level. Through continuous reading, writing, revision, and peer critiques, ASFA writers discover and develop their individual artistic voices, producing poems, stories, scripts, and essays of exceptionally high literary merit. Students are led by an inspiring and award-winning faculty of teaching writers who are nationally recognized for their work in the classroom and on the page.
ASFA-CW students have received numerous awards in regional and national writing competitions, including the Alabama Writers' Forum's Literary Arts Awards, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' youngARTS program, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts program.
That said, our students do more than simply produce noteworthy work during their time here. Our ultimate goal is to help ASFA-CW students develop a sustainable writing practice that can last a lifetime. ASFA-CW alumni have also published their work widely and served in editorial roles at The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Oxford American, Tin House, Gulf Stream, and Washington Square. They have also received a range of notable writing-related honors, including a Rona Jaffe Award, an individual artist's fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Kundiman fellowship, a Tennessee Williams fellowship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and inclusion in the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets anthologies.
For more information about our activities and events, visit our department's blog at asfa-cw.org.
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