Literary Arts

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The Literary Arts Conservatory of Nashville is a community of aspiring student writers. This writing program engages and allows aspiring young writers the space and scaffolding to learn numerous skills surrounding the writing process. Students will study extraordinary authors and various modes of writing, while honing their own craft. Through their scholarship, they will become creative and proficient writers and powerful communicators. Additionally, they will learn, practice, and internalize essential English content, academic vocabulary, and strategies for reading, comprehending, and analyzing literature and nonfiction.

Recent Accolades and News:

Congratulate these literary artists, Walt Robinson (12th grade) and Maddie A. Moore (11th grade), when you see them! They’ve both been awarded Oz Art Wire Fellowships for the 2022-23 year. This yearlong writing fellowship is offered to only 3-5 student-writers in Nashville.

If you’ve never heard of Oz Arts Nashville, you should attend one of their extraordinary performances. Check out their season here: OZ Arts Nashville Home - OZ Arts Nashville

Check out the Nashville Scene’s inaugural student issue and the winners of the essay contest. Our very own 12th grade literary artist Mackenzie Bransford took first place, winning a cash prize and publication in the online and print versions. And our very own 11th grade literary artist Walt Robinson is one of the two runner-ups, also winning a cash prize and publication in the online version. Read their lovely essays in the Nashville Scene's Student Issue from March 3, 2022.

Literary Arts Audition Requirements to audition for the 2022-2023 School Year:

In a three-part audition, applicants will submit a portfolio of sample writing, including one essay, either expository or persuasive, as well as three additional examples of the student’s work to [email protected] These samples may include poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. These audition pieces need to be submitted by February 16th, 2022.  Next, applicants will receive an email reply to schedule and participate in an online or in-person interview. Applicants will then participate in a timed writing prompt immediately following the interview.

Evaluation of the essay and original works will be based on:
  • Clear thesis statement/topic sentences and overall organizational structure.
  • Creative argumentation or exposition of topic.
  • Overall success of the work, encompassing quality, composition, and craftsmanship.
  • Technique and skill regarding grammar and mechanics.
  • Originality; no plagiarism accepted.
Interview evaluation will be based on:
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the literary world, including famous authors and literature.
  • Verbal ability to articulate and reflect upon the writing process and goals for personal growth as a writer.
  • Ability to answer questions fully and ask questions which show genuine interest in the program and the school.
  • Use of appropriate language, demonstrating maturity and respect.
Evaluation of the timed prompt will be based on:
  • Ability to follow directions.
  • Clear thesis statement/topic sentences and overall organizational structure.
  • Creative argumentation or exposition of topic.
  • Overall success of the work, encompassing quality, composition, and craftsmanship.
  • Technique and skill regarding grammar and mechanics.

Please make sure to complete the online application found at schooloptions.mnps.org before submitting your audition.