Creative Writing

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 Bruss | (414) 934-7144


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Meaghan Moran |


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Lauren Tobin | (414) 934-7151


Creative Writing Courses


Teacher: 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.


Learn more & schedule your audition

Now accepting applications for our Spring Auditions

The final audition date is February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm with a 5:30 pm check-in

To Start Your Application