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Osborne Writing Center
- READ THE LATEST ISSUE OF RETROSPECT, HB'S STUDENT LITERARY JOURNAL
- LISTEN TO RETROSPECT'S SONGWRITING TITLES
Osborne Writing Center: The Basics
The William McKinley and Jessie M. Osborne Writing Center has a central goal: to help girls find their voices. The Writing Center serves the entire high school population and helps students with any piece of writing at any stage of the writing process ─ from brainstorming topics to final revisions.
Students can meet with the director about papers for any course or subject, and are encouraged to work with him on their creative writing as well. Students may meet with the director during any free period by either making an appointment or dropping in to the Center.
The director works closely with students interested in creative writing, serving as a mentor and editor and helping students to submit their work to publications and contests. Last year alone, Hathaway Brown students working with the Writing Center won four national medals and twenty-one regional medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. Hathaway Brown's creative writers have also earned the Certificate for Superior Writing from NCTE, been published in national print journals, and collaborated to produce the "Why I Write" Traveling Stanza.
Learn more about the Writing Center here.
This three-year course of study brings you into collaboration with visiting writers from across the country, nurtures your creative sensibilities, and helps you discover and develop ways to articulate yourself with greater artfulness and confidence. Students also take leadership of the school’s community of writers. Seniors may choose from several capstone courses: Creative Writing, AP English Literature and Composition, and Contemporary World Literature.
To receive the Osborne Writing Fellow designation, students must successfully:
- Take at least two years of writing electives, including at least one year of The Writing Community
- Complete either AP Lit, Honors Creative Writing, or Honors World Lit as a capstone course
- Participate at least two years in the Young Writers and Artists Festival
Take part in a daylong immersive workshop led by an eminent and engaging professional writer or artist in the form that most interests you: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Slam Poetry, Graphic Storytelling, Painting, Photography and more. The 2018 Upper School Young Writers and Artists Festival will be held November 8-10. The festival is open to Northeast Ohio students in grades 9-12. Learn more and register here.
The Writing Center also is the production hub of Retrospect, HB’s online student newspaper and literary magazine. Visit the online paper here. Take part in a vibrant student forum and help shape the school’s identity in print.
Upper school students share their expertise, offering one-on-one conferences in the middle school writing center and leading group creative writing workshops. This program also pairs freshmen writers with juniors and seniors, who mentor them along in the craft.
You Never Know Who You Might Run Into!
We’ve welcomed a number of best-selling and award-winning novelists, screenwriters, historians, journalists, and poets to campus in recent years to share their work and their wisdom with us. New programs and speaker events are being added to the calendar every day. Stop by Room C249 to see the Writing Center for yourself.