Creative Writing: Portfolio Requirements

The writing portfolio should reflect your interest and ability in poetry and prose and should include examples of your best work. It should be in typed form. Portfolio pieces should be presented in standard format with one-inch margins, double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry, using a standard font. The portfolio should consist of six to eight pieces of original work written or revised during the last year, including:

  • Poetry: Four or five poems.
  • Fiction: Two or three pieces of short fiction (shorts stories or novel excerpts)
  • Nonfiction: One or two pieces of nonfiction in the style of a creative, personal or reflective essay (not a report for school). If you don't have any creative nonfiction, feel free to submit just fiction and poetry.

Optional, supplemental works may include a school paper, essay, or report; an original play or scene no longer than ten pages; or, a wild card that could be a journal entry, a letter, or anything not listed as a requirement. If you are unable to present all of the suggested portfolio materials, simply submit all of the materials you do have. We will let you know if we need to see more. We look forward to reading your writing!

Portfolios can be submitted online, after you have completed the Academy application.