The Creative Writing Program


All majors must take one 200-level introductory workshop in prose or poetry. The same is required of non-majors who wish to take creative writing workshops, though some professors may choose to waive this requirement for junior and senior non-majors. The requirement is never waived for majors. The only 300-level class that does not have a 200-level pre-requisite is ENGCW/THEA 372RW Playwriting. Some instructors may require writing samples even though you have taken a pre-requisite course.

Students who have completed the 200-level requirement may move into any Intermediate workshop. Creative Writing majors may take only ONE 200-level course as part of the major.

For Advanced courses: Students who make an A- or better in the Intermediate level workshops may apply to take Advanced level workshops. The individual instructor may require manuscript submission from all students for admission to the Advanced workshops. Only students who receive this positive assessment of readiness will enter Advanced workshops.

All Creative Writing courses in Fall and Spring are permission-only and require an application (link in the menu on the left). You may also email to request an application. Applications should be emailed in Word format to Nora Lewis at If your application includes a writing sample, the sample must be attached to the application and sent as ONE DOCUMENT IN WORD FORMAT. Creative Writing workshops fill up quickly so apply as soon as possible. If the class you apply for is full, you will be added to an internal waiting list (not visible in OPUS) and you will be contacted by email if a space opens.

Please read the Creative Writing Program website's Course Atlas descriptions before applying. The atlas includes details about required writing samples, pre-requisites, and other information you need to know before choosing a class. The College Course Atlas and OPUS do not contain the complete atlas information.