Creative Writing Auditions

for Grades 8-12

Magnet Overview

Creative Writing is a 6 year program designed for students interested in exploring writing as an art form and for publication. Students will examine a variety of writing genres which requires them to understand, analyze, imitate and produce writing which reflects these genres. Each year of study is foundational for the following year. At the end of the program, students will have a vast knowledge of writing technique and skill, proficiency in a preferred style, a portfolio of their work, exposure to successful published writers in all genres, opportunity for application and publication.

Program Goals

Step-By-Step Audition Process

The following guidelines will prepare you for the audition for the Creative Writing Magnet:

1. You will be given 1 hour to write a story in response to a prompt.
2. Your story should be no longer than 1 and ½ - 2 pages.
3. All students will also be asked to write a short statement that describes their personal goals as a young artist and their reasons for wanting to attend Stivers School for the Arts to fulfill their goals. You will have an additional 15 minutes to write that statement.

Important Notes:

How to Prepare for the Audition

The following prompts are designed to familiarize you with an example of the type of prompts used the day of your audition. They are meant for practice only. They will not appear as story choices during your actual audition. Your practice stories should not be brought with you to the audition.

Please use the provided prompts to guide your writing. Feel free to practice all of them. You may want to set a timer on your phone or stove for the allotted amount of time. Please write a fictional story and not poetry.

Practice Prompts:

A prompt is a story starter either written or visual to guide a writer into storytelling.

For practice, you may want to write a story for each of these prompts. You may want to use a simple timer on your phone or stove set for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The following prompts will not appear as story choices during your audition.

  1. Your character remembers the day, 2 years ago, when he said he was going out for a bike ride.
  2. Three weeks before the Olympic tryouts, her swimming coach said casually, “Watch your weight. Appearance makes a difference.”
  3. Your character, a reporter for a large city newspaper, receives an assignment to cover …

To practice using a visual prompt, use a photograph found in a book, magazine, or online. Find one that is inspiring and lends itself to good storytelling. It should not be a family photograph as the story must be fictional. We suggest two books found at your local library that can help you practice using a visual prompt.

  1. The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick

Audition Scoring

Auditions will be scored according to the following rubric.  Your audition will be read by at least 3 adjunct readers who will not know your name. Evaluation of your audition is based on a five point scale with 5 points being the highest and 1 point being the lowest. The highest possible score is 30 points. The following rubric evaluates the following areas:

Writer’s  Voice


Form and Organization

Your story should also include: