CREATIVE

WRITING

Prior to the audition procedures, each student must complete the application process. The Creative Writing Department is looking for students who are interested in developing their love of writing. Students will demonstrate 1) a desire to write and improve writing through a statement of purpose and 2) ability in writing each of the four forms (scriptwriting, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry). Students will compile their works into a portfolio of five well-written pieces and submit their portfolio to the Creative Writing staff at least one week prior to the audition date. Families can drop off the portfolio in the front-office ATTN: Creative Writing Department Chair. The portfolio will be reviewed prior to the audition date. On the audition date, students will be interviewed by Creative Writing Staff and produce o 20 minute on-demand writing piece.

How to Prepare for the Audition

Choose and/or complete the following pieces for your portfolio. The portfolio must include:

1. Statement of Purpose

  • Write a two paragraph statement of purpose that

    • explains why you want to be a Creative Writing Major and what you like about writing.

    • explain why you think SDSCPA is the place for you to develop and grow as a writer.

2. Example of Each Form (complete EACH of the following):

  • Example of scriptwriting (play or film) using accurate scriptwriting conventions (e.g. formatting of scene, directions, and dialogue). Your script may be an excerpt or a whole work. Please limit your script submission to no more than four typed pages.

  • Example of fiction. Fiction pieces can be any genre. Please limit your fiction submission to no more than four typed pages.

  • Example of non-fiction. Non-fiction pieces can be any topic and can be a work written for a class assignment. Please limit your non-fiction submission to no more than four typed pages.

  • Example of poem. Your poem can be lyrical or narrative and be in any format (sonnet, villanelle, haiku, ballad free verse, etc). Please limit your poem to no more than three typed pages.

Formatting of Portfolio

  • All works must be typed. 12-point font. Arial or Times New Roman typeface or the equivalent.

  • Clearly label EACH piece with the following heading information: your full name, the date the work was produced, and the type of submission (e.g."Statement of Purpose" or "Fiction")

  • Each piece should have a creative, unique title that is centered after the heading

  • Each piece should use the appropriate formatting for that form (e.g. indentation for paragraphs or dialogue in scripts formatted correctly). You do not need to double space.

  • Each piece should be generally free of grammar and mechanic issues. Portfolios that show severe problems with grammar and mechanics will not pass.

  • Staple (do not bind) pieces together. You may add a title page for your portfolio if you desire. Please do not put portfolio inside plastic sleeves or a binder.

What to Bring to the Audition

Your portfolio should be submitted at least one week prior to the audition. Families can drop off the portfolio in the front-office ATTN: Creative Writing Department Chair. The portfolio will be reviewed prior to the audition date. On the audition date, students will be interviewed by the panel and complete an on-demand timed piece. Students who have not submitted their portfolio prior to the audition date and who bring their portfolio with them to submit will delay their interview and timed piece until the portfolio has been reviewed.  This may effect your audition.

What to Expect During the Audition

Each hour, a group of 20 students maximum will be interviewed and complete a 20 minute timed piece. A group of 10 will complete the timed piece while the other students are being interviewed.

On-demand Piece

    • Students will complete their timed piece in groups of 10.

    • Students will be given a prompt for their on-demand writing piece and will have 20 minutes to complete the assignment.

    • A computer will be provided for 20-minute on-demand creative writing piece.

    • After 20 minutes the creative writing samples will be printed and collected

Interview

    • Students will be interviewed individually by the audition panel

    • Questions will be asked based on the audition portfolio (this must have been submitted to the school one week prior to the audition date) as well as interest, influence, and passion in writing

Students will be evaluated individually. The audition will include the following areas of assessment:

  • Portfolio

  • On-demand creative writing piece

  • Interview

For the portfolio and on-demand creative writing piece, we are assessing the following:

  • Accuracy (of format, grammar usage, and mechanics)

  • Originality/Inventiveness (of ideas and writing style)

  • Craftsmanship (of style and voice)

For the interview, we are looking for:

  • Students eager to share their work

  • Students who are able to elaborate on ideas and provide details

  • Students who show evidence of a passion for writing through sharing their experiences

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San Diego, CA 92139

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