Honors Program


HONORS APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4

If you will graduate in May 2019 or December 2019, and wish to apply for the Honors Program in Creative Writing for the 2018-19 academic year, please read the following guidelines carefully.

The College requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA for acceptance into the Honors Program, and that accepted students maintain a 3.5 to continue in the Program after acceptance. But in spring 2018, the Creative Writing Program is allowing majors to apply for our Honors Program if they have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA. We expect that some students with an average between 3.4-3.5 will raise their GPAs to that College-mandated 3.5 after spring grades are posted, or over the summer. While students with a 3.4 GPA may apply, those with the required 3.5 at the application deadline (4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4) will be given preference in the selection process. If all available spots filled in the application process in spring 2018 remain filled by fall 2018, we will not open the application process to students who have just met the required GPA.  (See language below about the process for applying for a GPA waiver from College Honors.) You are responsible for telling the Program director if your GPA either rises to a 3.5, or drops below it, after the spring or summer 2018 semesters. (Participants in the Honors Program must maintain a 3.5 or above GPA to participate in the Program.) We must send an updated list of students enrolled in our Honors program to the College Honors Program in late August; students who acquire the requisite GPA late must be in touch with Program faculty in early August so that we may consider their applications if Honors places become available.

All Creative Writing majors who wish to do Honors must apply to do so. The deadline for Honors applications for next year is 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Students who are graduating in December 2019 and wish to do Honors in Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 should also apply by the Spring 2018 deadline of 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4.

All applications must include the following:

  • A cover sheet with your name, address, student ID number, email address, and Spring and Summer 2018 contact information.
  • A resumé including your activities at Emory, and the writing workshops you've taken, with the names of the instructors.
  • A one-page (single-spaced) synopsis of your project. Include enough detail to demonstrate your current thinking about the project: its genre, the form (a novella, for example), and what you know now about its possible content. Proposals are an important part of the application; work to make yours compelling.
  • A sample of work in the genre in which you plan to do the thesis--20 pages of fiction or nonfiction, a substantial group of poems, 20 pages of a screenplay or play.

Submit this material in hardcopy to Paula Vitaris in the Creative Writing Program office, N209 Callaway Building, by the 4 p.m., April 4, 2018 deadline. NO DOUBLE-SIDED SUBMISSIONS.

If you are away from campus (study abroad, leave of absence, etc.) during Spring 2018, you may submit your application via email to Paula Vitaris at pvitari@emory.edu by the April 4, 2018 deadline. Both Word documents or PDFs are accepted.

If you propose a project in a genre of writing in which you have already taken workshops, and in which your writing sample demonstrates real proficiency, you increase your chances of acceptance into the Honors Program. Proposing a project in a genre in which you have not taken workshops substantially decreases your chances of acceptance.

If you are accepted into Creative Writing Honors, you will be assigned a faculty member to direct your project. Faculty availability in 2018-19 will affect how many students we accept into Honors. The process of selection, always competitive, will be especially so this year. Eligibility for Honors does not guarantee that you will be able to do an Honors project. The strength of your application, and the faculty's appraisal of your readiness to undertake a sustained project, in addition to the availability and agreement of a faculty member, will be the major factors considered in the selection process.

Also, all students accepted to the 2018-2019 Honors Program will be required to attend a seminar in the Fall 2018 semester taught by Professor Jim Grimsley. The seminar will meet Tuesday 2:30-5:30 p.m.

If your GPA is below the required 3.5 and does not rise to 3.5 by the end of the spring or during the summer, but you have an exceptional record in the Program and strong support from Creative Writing faculty, you may submit a petition for a waiver of the required GPA to the Emory College Honors Program. That would happen only if one of the Creative Writing Honors places became available. You will need to discuss this possibility with Program faculty in Spring 2018; students with a GPA below the required 3.5 must have the Creative Writing Program’s support to appeal for a GPA waiver to the College Honors Program. Students who have the Program’s support must submit their petition materials to the College by late August (the deadline date will be posted as soon as it is available).

To secure the Program’s support for a waiver petition, students must be in touch with Program faculty by early August at the latest. (There is a sample petition letter on the College Honors Canvas site). A letter of reference from the Creative Writing program and a transcript are part of the waiver petition; a second letter of recommendation is optional but strongly encouraged.)

Any member of the Creative Writing faculty, including your advisor, is available to talk with you about your Honors proposal. Making an appointment now to talk with a faculty member (or more than one faculty member) is an excellent way to begin the process of preparing your application.

Examples of past applications of students accepted into the Honors Program may be viewed in the Creative Writing Program office, N209 Callaway. You may also look at past Honors theses in the Creative Writing office; bound theses also are housed in the Woodruff Library. Honors theses are now submitted electronically via the library's Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) repository system and may be viewed via ETD.