Pursue your passions
Our mission as the Creative Writing Department is to create students who understand the English language and how it works. We develop writers who can vacillate writing in multiple genres. We provide platforms for writing and multiple opportunities for confidence building and success. We provide high quality instruction through a writer’s workshop that is student centered and detail orientated. We aid in cultivating the voice, which is the heart of every writer.
See our Creative Writing students
share their talents
From performances to gallery exhibitions, every MHSA student gets the chance to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community.
Creative Writing Faculty
James Brussbrussj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7144
Courses: ENGLISH 10, POETRY, CREATIVE WRITINGRead James Bruss's Bio
Lauren Tobintobinl@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7151
Courses: THE NOVEL, COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA, ENGLISH 9
Creative Writing Courses
CREATIVE WRITINGTeacher: Bruss
Audition to be a
Creative Writing Student
Milwaukee High School of the Arts is an Early Admissions school. Our admissions process begins in October of the prior school year.
Any student interested in enrolling must submit a written application, take a mandatory audition in one of the arts areas and submit their most recent report card, attendance records and state assessment results (most recent, from WKCE, Terra Nova or MAP).
To audition for the Creative Writing area, a student must bring the following to the audition:
Portfolio: You must submit 3-4 contrasting examples of original writing that best represents you as a writer. KEEP YOUR ORIGINALS! DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ONLY COPY OF ANYTHING! This portfolio will remain at MHSA. Please duplicate or print extra copies.
Pen: Bring a pen for writing
What happens at the actual audition?
Writing—You will be given one hour to write 1-2 pages of writing. If you chose poetry, you must write two contrasting poems, at least one of which is rhymed and rhythmic. If you are a playwright, write a simple scene that shows you understand dialogue and action. Paper will be provided. You may bring notes.