Creative Writing Auditions

for Grades 7



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 Creative Writing audition consists of the following:

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 be given 15 minutes after the hour is up to write this statement.

Important Notes:

Audition Scoring

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

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.


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

  1. Dinner was waiting in the dimly lit room next to the kitchen.
  2. Your character’s name is Chance.
  3. From the back of the truck…

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 which can help you practice using a visual prompt.

  1. The Marvels by Brian Selznick –Best Picture Book of 2015
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret  by Brian Selznick