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Creative Writing

The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing, with additional resources for students such as the Open Letter Press, the Plutzik Library and Plutzik Memorial Reading Series, and courses offered through Program in Literary Translation Studies.

The Plutzik Reading Series 2016–2017  

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Since 1962, the University has been celebrating the life and poetic achievements of Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), critically-acclaimed poet and Rochester faculty member, by bringing the community readings by the finest contemporary literary artists. The Plutzik Series is one of the most prestigious and longest-running reading series in the country. Over the years, the Plutzik Series has featured a vast array of poets and fiction writers, the famous and not-yet famous.

View the complete Plutzik Reading Series schedule

Open Letter Press

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Open Letter—the University nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers.

Learn more about Open Letter's books and authors

Student Creative Writing Groups