Information for Freshmen -- Fall 2019

Are you an incoming freshman interested in taking a Creative Writing workshop in Fall 2019?

All introductory Creative Writing courses are permission-only and freshmen must fill out and submit a freshman application form (see below for information on obtaining an application).

Fall 2019 workshops available for freshmen:

  • ENGCW 271W-1 Introduction to Poetry Writing (Monday 2-5, Condon)
  • ENGCW 271W-2 Introduction to Poetry Writing (Tuesday 2:30-5:30, Christle)
  • ENGCW 271W-3 Introduction to Poetry Writing (Wednesday 2-5, Bosch)
  • ENGCW 271W-4 Introduction to Poetry Writing (Thursday 2:30-5:30, Schiff)
  • ENGCW 272W-1 Introduction to Fiction Writing (Monday, 10-1, Yanique)
  • ENGCW 272W-2 Introduction to Fiction Writing (Tuesday, 2:30-5:30, Kamal)
  • ENGCW 272W-3 Introduction to Fiction Writing (Wednesday, 2-5, Houck)
  • ENGCW 272W-4 Introduction to Fiction Writing (Thursday 2:30-5:30, Houck)

All these workshops are permission-only classes and you must fill out an application form. A writing sample is not required.

To obtain an application form, e-mail Paula Vitaris in the Creative Writing Program office at

Five spaces are reserved in each workshop for freshmen. Creative Writing workshops are small -- 15 students total -- and classes fill up quickly, so the earlier you apply, the better. You may apply now; you do not have to wait until the summer or arrival on campus. We do maintain a waiting list and if a space becomes available and you're next on the list, we will contact you to see if you still want the class.

We will offer Introduction to Poetry Writing and Introduction to Fiction Writing again in Spring 2020. You will have to fill out another application form during pre-registration in the fall. Application forms do not roll over from one semester to the next.

You can read the course atlas descriptions (description, textbook list, grading) HERE.

If you need advice about which course to take, please consult with Paula Vitaris in the Creative Writing Program office (N209 Callaway). You may also call the office at 404-727-4683 or e-mail

Once you are accepted for a class, make sure you get a permission number from Paula Vitaris. Emory's student registration system, OPUS, requires this number so it knows that you have permission for the Creative Writing class.

We accept applications even after freshman registration, up through the end of add-drop. If a space is still available in the class you want and you are accepted for the class, you can always add in once the freshman registration periods have closed. The fall add-drop period is August 28-September 4.

This is actually an easy process!  Just contact Paula Vitaris at and she will help you. If you have an issue that needs to be resolved by a faculty member or the College of Arts and Sciences, she will also help you with that.