Students in the Literary Arts program study poetry, playwriting, short fiction, screenwriting and literary theory while developing their skills as writers.
The Literary Arts curriculum provides a foundation for the rigorous study of the practice of writing. Along with practicing techniques for writing, students develop their abilities to analyze and critique literature. Literary Arts is a four-year program for high school students only (Grades 9-12). Freshmen and sophomores take semester long courses in poetry and short fiction. Juniors take courses in playwriting and screenplay writing. Seniors take a yearlong course in literary theory, along with a writing minor of their own choosing.
Students receive instruction from Literary Arts faculty and teaching artists who are accomplished literary professionals. Instructors guide student development through intensive peer-to-peer writing workshops, Socratic seminars on literature, and literary analysis.