Core Curriculum

// Introduction to Literary Arts // Intermediate/Advanced Poetry // Intermediate/Advanced Fiction // Playwriting // Senior Publication

The Audition Includes:

To be included with application submission:

  • Portfolio of five (5) original written works in a pocket folder: one (1) sonnet, two (2) free verse poems – (14 to 24 lines per poem; one (1) flash fiction piece of no more than 500 words; and one (1) short story no longer than five pages typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced with the student’s first and last name and work type (sonnet, flash fiction, etc.) in the right hand upper corner of all page (Protective sheets are not recommended).

To be completed on-site:

  • A written Literary Arts assignment to be completed on-site.

News & Events

Senior Literary Arts Showcase Events
Mar 26, 2018 – Apr 30, 2018 , Mississippi School of the Arts

Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony
Apr 15, 2018 2:00pm, Eudora Welty House


MSA Students Among Mississippi’s Future Literary Writers

The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) Literary Arts students recently received awards in the prestigious 2017-2018 Regional Scholastic Writing Competition. Writing entries represented diverse categories, including dramatic script, humor, journalism, personalRead More…
By : MSA Newsroom | Feb 9, 2018


Clinnesha Sibley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tougaloo College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas. She is an award-winning playwright and a published author of plays, poetry, monologues and essays. She taught in higher education for many years at the University of Arkansas and the College of Charleston before focusing on secondary education. In 2013, she received an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.  She was selected as one of twenty-four “change-makers” across the United States for the 2017-2018 National Arts Strategies Creative Communities Fellow Program.

“My goal is to empower students to cultivate their unique voice and write fearlessly, without limits.”