The Creative Writing Conservatory at OCSA

provides exceptional, supportive instruction to literary-minded high school students

in preparation for careers in writing and enriched educational and life experience.



Diverse Individual Perspectives

Broad Literary Awareness

Community Enhancement through Arts and Reading


Join us April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theatre for the Creative Writing Showcase -- the opporunity for students to showcase writing that has not yet received an audience at this point in the year. Selections will include songs, scenes, maybe stand-up comedy. The night is only limited by what our students can come up with, therefore it is unlimited!


Outstanding Short Story Writer, Outstanding Poet, Oustanding Sophomore, Outstanding Comedy Writer, MVP, Director's Award--just some of the awards that will be announced May 17 at our annual Awards Ceremony and Inkblot Release Party. Hope to see you there!


OC RYSE is the only performance poetry competition featuring teams of students from high schools across Orange County. The goal of OC RYSE is to increase the exposure of poetry to a general public audience by featuring the engaging, dynamic performances of talented local young poets.


Check out all the highlights going on with Creative Writing by clicking on our newsletter here. Each montly installment has highlights of events scheduled events, a preview of what's coming up, and a recap of the previous month's activities, along with faculty profiles, student success stories, and submission and contest information. Previous newsletters are accessbile too, so you can search contests if you want!

Cassandra Hsiao (16)

Cassandra was selected as a semi-finalist for the National Student Poets Program, which is the nation's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.

Sabina Holtzman ('18)

Sabina placed 2nd in the international Chapman University Holocaust Commemoration Contest

Josh Schlachter ('19)

Josh opened on the stage of Segerstrom Center for the Arts for US Poet Juan Felipe Herrera

CW Support Donations

Donations to the CREATIVE WRITING CONSERVATORY can come in a variety of methods. You can help underwrite Inkblot, donate books to our library, make a cash or material donations for an event, or suggest a professional guest speaker. These donations help make our conservatory possible. In-kind forms may be available, but please note the CW support donations are not part of the Parent Funding Agreement (PFA).

If you should have any questions, feel free to contact Director of Creative Writing Josh Wood at 714-560-0900, ext. 6985, or at

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.