Usdan Center for the
Creative and Performing Arts

America's Premier Performing and Visual Arts Day Camp.

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.