Creative Writing

MSA Creative Writing

Program Overview

The Creative Writing Program at Marin School of the Arts fosters and develops a collaborative, engaged, passionate group of student writers. The program allows students the opportunity to experiment with their own writing style in a safe, creative environment. Students will examine and explore a variety of writing fundamentals, including structure, plot, character and scene development, conflict, and dialogue. Students also read, reflect, and discuss examples of professional writing to help guide their own development as writers.

The program offers opportunities for students to delve into a variety of writing forms and genres, including:

  • Flash fiction
  • Short story
  • Novel
  • Dramatic script
  • Poetry
 Creative nonfiction

Student Voice & Choice

The MSA Creative Writing Program also allows freedom and flexibility for students to pursue the writing styles and genres they are most passionate about. The classroom environment fluctuates between a workshop and a project-based classroom, as needed. Students become more self-directed as they progress through the curriculum, with more opportunities for student voice and choice in their writing projects, and students individually determine what will constitute their final portfolios at the end of the course.

All students are expected to submit their work to national and/or local competitions as part of our classroom projects, such as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the California Student Media Festival.


MSA Creative Writing students collaborate with each other, as well as other MSA programs on engaging interdisciplinary projects, such as a screenwriting project with the Cinematic Arts Program and working with the MSA Visual Arts Program on the annual student-run MSA Anthology, in which each student contributes a piece of writing that is interpreted by a visual artist. In 2017, MSA Creative Writing and Jazz Studies teamed up for a project in which MSA Jazz set music to poetry written and performed by Creative Writing students (pictured left).

Readings & Presentations

In addition to in-class readings of their work, students also participate in presentations, public readings, and showcases throughout the year as part of the Creative Writing program at Marin School of the Arts. Some of these opportunities include (but are not limited to) MSA Soirée events, the MSA Book Passage event in early October, and the MSA Showcase event in April.

Creative Writing

Teacher Rebecca Pollack

Find out more about MSA Creative Writing Teacher Rebecca Pollack by visiting her MSA Profile page.