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Creative Writing Graduate Program

Creative Writing Graduate Program


Why Choose Creative Writing?
You have a story to tell and you want the time, space and supportive environment to do so. You want to learn the skills to convey your story in the best manner possible. You’d like to learn how to make your language perform the range of human emotion and experience. You want to find your voice. You’d like to learn to be attentive to the world around you, to be a better reader, translator, and performer *you want to grow as a writer or poet, to expand your repertoire, to form a writing community that will nurture you.

An academic degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing exposes students to the tools, and allows them to develop the skills they need to write great fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Students elect a concentration in poetry, fiction or nonfiction., and through seminars and writing workshops, they develop practices and form writing communities that enable them to continue writing for the rest of their lives. Students who have graduated with this concentration work as writers, teachers, literary translators, editors, journalists, and dance critics, food writers, and many other professions. The program itself is represented by a religiously diverse, multicultural student body, which currently comprises thirteen different nationalities and ranges in age from 22-79.

Why choose The Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan?

Because you deserve a unique education
The Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing is the only creative writing program in the world that offers a Jewish Arts seminar to allow students to contextualize their writing within a larger literary tradition. Israel’s only English-language degree program presents students with the opportunity to study fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, within a warm, intimate and challenging environment. The program provides a safe environment to develop as a writer and poet amongst a diverse population who possess the same passion. Our students and visiting writers often experience their time in the Program as a life-changing period.

Our philosophy is that good writers are good readers, and so the creative writing program is housed in the department of English and Linguistics, where our students study literature with some of the top literary scholars in the field. Gaining an understanding of the traditions of literature is essential to powerful writing.

Because of our world-renowned faculty
The Department's Faculty includes knowledgeable, dedicated, and influential writers, whose work in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, (as well as in translation and criticism) has appeared around the world. Renowned visiting instructors join permanent faculty each year to provide both depth and scope.

Because of our dynamic writing community
Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan takes place in a context of exciting and flourishing arts scene thanks to local and visiting writers. Students and faculty take part in annual international, Jewish and Israeli literary festivals and our program hosts a biennial three-day conference of workshops, lectures, readings, and performances open to the general public. Our annual memorial reading, dedicated to Shaindy Rudoff, the founder of the Program, draws the finest writers in the country and abroad. Since Israel is a magnet for writers around the world, we invite visiting writers to provide master classes and seminars for our students and graduates to build on the skills they have acquired during the program. The vibrant arts scenes in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem provide venues for readings and performances. The intermingling of the contemporary and the historic in the land itself, the most documented land in the world, provides an inspiration and backdrop to some of Israel’s most powerful writing. Our students meet prominent Israeli writers, as well as English-language writers.

Because of our Publishing Record
We are proud of our student publications, and our literary journal, The Ilanot Review
For more information about the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, refer to the Program's webpage.



Last modified: 30/03/2017