Creative Writing at Stanford: A History with Eavan Boland, Nancy Packer, Philip Levine, and Scott Turow

The celebrated writer and environmentalist Wallace Stegner founded the Stanford Creative Writing Program in 1946 with the aim of providing young, talented writers the guidance, encouragement, and funding to further their writing knowledge and craft. “Minds grow by contact with other minds,” Stegner wrote. “The bigger the better, as clouds grow toward thunder by rubbing together.”

Over the past sixty-seven years, the Creative Writing program has grown in stature so that it is widely recognized, alongside the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, as one of the two best programs in the country. It has trained thousands of undergraduates and hundreds of Stegner Fellows including Wendell Berry, Tillie Olsen, Philip Levine, Ernest Gaines, Scott Momaday, Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Raymond Carver, Robert Pinsky, ZZ Packer, Scott Turow, and Tobias Wolff. The directors and instructors in the program have been equally distinguished, among them: Wallace Stegner, Yvor Winters, John L’Heureux, Ken Fields, Nancy Packer, Simone DiPiero, Elizabeth Tallent, Tobias Wolff, and Eavan Boland.

This extraordinary program will bring together in conversation:

Eavan Boland
Professor of English; Director of the Creative Writing Program, Stanford
Eavan Boland is author of a dozen volumes of poetry and prose; most recently, the PEN Award-winning A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet.

Philip Levine
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford
Philip Levine is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the US. His most recent collection is News of the World.

Scott Turow
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford
Scott Turow is a practicing lawyer and author of nine novels and two nonfiction books about the law that have sold more than 30 million copies. Four of his novels have been filmed, including the successful feature film Presumed Innocent.

Nancy Huddleston Packer, Moderator
Professor of English, Emerita; Former Stegner Fellow; Former Director of the Creative Writing Program, Stanford
Nancy Packer is the author of four collections of short stories, most recently Old Ladies.

Tuesday, April 2
7:30 pm
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education

This program is co-sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013. 7:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.50 hour(s).
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education (Map)
Stanford Historical Society, Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program

Free and open to the public

General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
lecture, arts, literary, humanities

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