Kenyon College has a long history of nurturing talented poets and fiction writers, and many students attend Kenyon for its creative writing courses. Each year, ten members of the English Department faculty teach a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, and many students choose to complete the English major with an Emphasis in Creative Writing.
In addition, many special opportunities are available to students interested in creative writing at Kenyon, including numerous readings by writers of national reputation, internships with The Kenyon Review Student Associates Program, and opportunities to publish creative work in a wide assortment of student literary journals. Students interested in pursuing creative writing courses during the summer may also apply to The Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop for an intensive eight-day program in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The Kenyon Review also offers a summer workshop for high-school students (Ages 16-18) interested in developing their creative and critical abilities during the years before applying to college.
The renewal of the Kenyon Review Fellows Program honors a long-standing tradition at The Review of supporting gifted young writers emerging onto the literary scene. In previous iterations of the program, renown literati such as Flannery O'Connor and W.S. Merwin were Fellows of The Review. The newly re-vamped program offers a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and the visiting writers themselves. Fellows reside in Gambier for two years while working on significant writing projects, teaching creative writing courses in the English Department, and receiving editorial as well as teaching experience.
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers received her BA in Creative Writing and Dance from Oberlin College and her MFA from Cornell University, where she is currently a lecturer in the English Department. As an Oberlin Shansi Fellow, she spent several years living in rural China, where she taught English and dance at an agricultural university. Her poems appear in Field, Agni Online, Seneca Review, Comstock Review, Crazyhorse, Pool, and on Poetry Daily, among others. Her first book of poetry will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2013
Natalie Shapero received her MFA in Poetry from the Ohio State University in 2008 and her JD from the University of Chicago in 2011. Her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies including The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Believer, FIELD, and Best New Poets 2006. She has been a Peter Taylor Fellow in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop as well as a fellow in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Natalie Shapero is currently a fellow in First Amendment Litigation and civil rights advocacy with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing brings internationally-recognized poets and fiction writers to Kenyon to teach creative writing workshops and literature courses.