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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.

For detailed information about these and all other Usdan courses, please visit the "All Classes" page.

Classes Offered

  • Majors

  • Creative Writing

  • Minors

  • Creative Writing


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 Long River Review, Brooklyn Review, Mid-America Petry Review.

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.