Creative Writing

Small groups of creative writing students engage the forms of poetry, short fiction and playwriting in covered, open-air studios. The program culminates in the publication of Usdan's literary magazine, Painting with Words, a multidisciplinary publication which includes student-produced poetry and writing.

Major & Minor

  • Creative Writing

For detailed class descriptions, photos, and videos, please visit our "classes offered" page.


  • Nancy Hochman | Creative Writing

    B.A., M.S., Queens College. Essays and articles published in The New York Times, Newsday, Author, One Small Deed Can Change the World. Faculty, New York City Schools.

  • Tracey Lander-Garrett | Creative Writing

    M.F.A., Brooklyn College. Works published in Electric Windmill Press, Connotation Press, Long River Review, Brooklyn Review, Mid-America Poetry Review. Faculty, Manhattan Community College.

  • David Surface | Creative Writing

    Founder, WriteMind Workshop. Stories and essays published in Doubletake, North American Review, Crazyhorse. Recipient of non-fiction literature fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts. Writer-in-residence, Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts.