Literary Arts at ARGS

"ARGS is clearly a very special place."

--New York Times #1 Bestselling Author Maggie Stiefvater, 2021 Writers' Fest Guest

Literary Arts at ARGS

As one of the Focus Areas at ARGS, Literary Arts strives to educate, inform, and delight readers and audiences in local, regional, and national forums. We teach creative writing as both a craft and as an art. Each year we host a Writers’ Festival that brings in published authors from around the nation. 

We are four time winners of the Virginia High School League Creative Writing Championship, and we publish an award-winning literary magazine (ASGARD) as well. In addition, our student work has earned local, regional, and national awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

Mission Statement:

Writing as an art form develops best in community. The Literary Arts courses move sequentially from Creative Writing (where a beginning student learns the writing process, writing craft, and habits of a successful writer) through genre workshops (where students can hone skills in specific areas such as poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, or fiction) and through the Senior Project Seminar (where seniors will work on producing a substantial writing portfolio.) Students present their work in local, regional, and national venues.

Our Department Goals: