Literary Arts

Literary Arts Concentration

Program Philosophy

The mission of creative writing is to cultivate students as creators, consumers and publishers of literature. This program develops creative writing in all writing modes. The focus is on the individual student's growth as a writer. Students experience a variety of writing forms-narrative, poetry, play writing, print and television journalism, and essay. Students master their skills through print publications, the student newspaper, literary magazine and yearbook, and media productions.

Class Schedule

COURSES for the concentration

You must take these classes before you take any of the electives listed below.

  • Arts Infused Foundations (2 terms)

Some classes are prerequisites to the others. All classes require that students take ARTS Foundations first.

Take at least 2 of the following (you may choose more).

  • Creative Writing l - Poetry (10-12)
  • Creative Writing l - Playwriting (10-12)
  • Creative Writing l - Fiction (10-12)
  • Creative Writing l - Creative non-fiction (10-12)

In your junior or senior year you will take

  • Creative Writing ll (11-12)

Take at least 2 (you may choose more).

  • Stage acting and playwriting (10-12)
  • Publications Writing (Yearbook) (11-12)
  • Journalism (Newspaper) (9-12)
  • College in the Schools writing practice (11-12) (prerequisite, top 30% of senior class)
  • College Prep Writing (11-12)

ELECTIVES for the major You must take at least 2 (you may choose more).

  • Classic Drama as literature (10-12)
  • Women in literature (10-12)
  • Short stories: seminar (11-12)
  • Classic Novel (11-12)
  • College in the Schools: Introduction to Literature (11-12)
  • Contemporary Literature (11-12)
  • American Literature and Composition (11-12)


During their senior year students will complete a series of works and produce a senior collection.  Students will also have the opportunity to work with professional artists in their area of interest.  Internships and mentorship experiences will be arranged as available.

DEAR PARENT - It is our desire that students will be able to take all of the courses recommended for completing the concentration. However, the master schedule at BHS is driven by student enrollment through the registration process. On a rare occasion a course might not be offered because the enrollment is not sufficient to offer the course. If that occurs, the Arts Magnet administrator will meet with the student to explore the alternatives available to meet this requirement and provide a unique experience.