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Application Requirements

Begin with Lang 260, Introduction to Creative Writing. Many students take this class in the second semester of the freshman year or in the first semester of the sophomore year. However, you may take it at any time. This class offers students an opportunity to explore creative writing as it is taught and practiced at the university level. In Lang 260, students work in several genres. They practice drafting and revision, they learn how to critique each other’s work-in-progress, and they read the work of published writers from a writer’s point of view. If students find that this approach to the discipline and study of creative writing appeals to them, they should continue by taking a 300-level genre-specific workshop.

When to Submit The Application

Students wishing to declare a concentration in creative writing should submit their applications to the program during the semester in which they are enrolled in their first 300-level workshop.

Fall 2017 applications are due by Friday, October 13.  

Spring 2018 applications are due by Friday, March 23.

Applications will be accepted twice a year, just after fall and spring breaks. A small committee of creative writing faculty will review the applications and notify students within two weeks whether they have been admitted to the concentration.

Students who are not admitted may reapply the following semester. Students’ application materials will be kept on file.

Students who are seriously interested in creative writing but do not wish to pursue the concentration may ask individual instructors to grant them permission, based on the quality of their work, to enroll in a 400-level workshop.

How to Apply

Your application packet must include:

  • A completed application form. Download the application form here.
  • A short narrative providing insight into reasons for pursuing the creative writing concentration. (More detailed information is provided on the application form).
  • A short manuscript (no more than ten pages) of original work. Poetry may be single-spaced, no more than one poem on a page. Prose should be double-spaced. Plays or excerpts from plays will also be considered.