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 of supporting gifted young writers emerging onto the literary scene. In previous iterations of the program, renowned 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.
Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. She’s been awarded fellowships or scholarships from The MacDowell Colony, VCCA, the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work is noted in The Best American Essays and appears in Ploughshares, Guardian, The Sun and Southern Review among other publications. Her story “Ghosts,” which appeared in the Kenyon Review’s Winter 2014 issue, was a Notable Story in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014" and received a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology.
Margaree Little is originally from Rhode Island. Her first book, "Rest," is forthcoming from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, Missouri Review and Southern Review, and her book reviews appear in Kenyon Review Online. She is the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award as well as fellowships and awards from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She earned her MFA at Warren Wilson College.
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.