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Stanford university online creative writing

Stanford university online creative writing

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Stanford Continuing Studies offers courses and workshops every quarter in the principal genres of writing—novel, short story, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. Specialty workshops in travel, memoir, humor, children’s literature, and other genres are offered on a rotating basis. All Creative Writing courses are taught by experienced authors and teachers, most of whom have been Stegner Fellows in Stanford’s Creative Writing program. Writers at all levels of experience are welcome to join, and most courses have no prerequisites.


The flexibility of the online format makes it easy to take Continuing Studies Creative Writing courses taught by instructors from Stanford’s writing community. These courses are designed to fit into your schedule. You can log into our classes from any computer with Internet access, anywhere and at any time.

Our online creative writing courses are presented in a clear, straightforward format and contain the elements you look for in a live class, including writing lessons and exercises, as well as feedback from an experienced instructor and fellow students.

Courses are open to all adults, and we encourage all levels of writers to enroll. Whether you are just starting to write, or finishing up your novel, you will find a course suited to your level of experience. Students will benefit from sharing their work with an eclectic community of writers—writers from many locations, with diverse backgrounds and writing styles.

We keep class sizes small to ensure you get the individual attention you need. With limited spots available, classes fill quickly. So we encourage you to register today.

To learn more about our online Creative Writing courses, read the FAQs and view student testimonials.


These courses are only available to students who have been admitted to the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing. View more information about the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing.

Stanford university online creative writing

Stanford English Professor and Creative Writing Director Patrick Phillips is among the 28 Andrew Carnegie Fellows named in 2022.

“From whom had they rented the cottage? For how long? How much time had passed before these questions occurred to them?” Published in the print edition of The New Yorker March 21, 2022, issue, “Wood Sorrel House” is authored by Zach Williams . Williams is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He is working on a short story collection.

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to welcome the incoming 2021-2023 Stegner Fellow cohort.

Stanford Graphic Novel Project Info Session

Creative Writing Director Patrick Phillips named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Patrick Phillips selected as a New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers 2022-2023 Fellow

Poet’s House: Poetry and/as Sculpture

The Writer’s Studio: Setting as a Character: Using Sensory Details to Write a Place that Propels Narrative

Stegner Fellow Reading with Kyle Edwards, Austin Araujo, and Nicole Caplain Kelly


“Amidst the droning clockwork of a Stanford schedule, workshops taught by Austin Smith, Kai Carlson-Wee, Brittany Perham, and Charif Shanahan provided the warmth and fondness necessary to continue feeling. Without a doubt, I recall the Creative Writing Program being the primary reason I applied to Stanford & I have yet to be disappointed.”

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Creative Writing Program
450 Jane Stanford Way, Bldg. 460
Stanford, CA 94305-2087