2005 OSAI Creative Writing Information
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Students explore writing techniques through practice, group discussion, and individual critiquing sessions with faculty. Emphasis is placed on developing a keen awareness of the sound, shape, and connotative possibilities of the written word. Applicants should consider that class discussions are on a collegiate level and may contain mature subjects. Twenty students are accepted.


The application deadline does NOT apply to creative writing applicants. Instead, your material must arrive at the Oklahoma Arts Institute office at least five business days before your audition date. Make sure that the people recommending you are aware that your material must be submitted before the official deadline.

Audition Requirements
  • Bring a white pad (8 1/2” x 11”, lined or unlined), a pocket dictionary, and a pencil or black ink pen. No spiral notebooks, small pads, or colored paper allowed.
  • The audition is a non-threatening writing exercise designed to stretch your imagination and skills.
Application and Audition Requirements
  • Application Form and Supplemental Information
  • Two signed, sealed Recommendation Forms
  • One copy of your birth certificate
  • $10 application fee
  • $15 late fee, if applicable
  • Please include four (4) copies of the following items. Please clearly mark each page with your name.
  • A typed autobiographical paragraph
  • A maximum of five (5) typed pages of creative writing, including any combination of poetry, fiction, and personal essay
As soon as possible, call the Oklahoma Arts Institute office at (405) 319-9019 to schedule attendance at one of the auditions. Audition spaces fill quickly. Please arrive early to check-in and setup.

Creative Writing Audition Dates and Locations

Weatherford: Saturday, February 5th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Art Gallery (Main Floor), 100 Campus Drive

Tulsa: Saturday, February 12th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Philbrook Museum of Art, Williams Conference Room, 2727 South Rockford Road

Oklahoma City: Saturday, February 26th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Classroom C, 415 Couch Drive

Creative Writing Judging Criteria
  • Integration of form and content
  • Use of language
  • Achievement of personal voice
  • Freshness/inventiveness
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
Adjudicators are members of the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s Writing Advisory Panel.

The creative writing program of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute is endowed by the Neustadt Charitable Writing Fund.

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