Procedures for Admission to the Honors Program in Nonfiction Writing

Applications to the Honors Program in Nonfiction Writing must be submitted no later than the second semester of a student's junior year. The application submission deadline is Thursday, April 10, 2014.

The application procedure consists of the following steps.

  1. If you have not yet declared your concentration in English, please see Lawrence Stanley, Co-Director of Nonfiction Writing, for guidance in completing the concentration form.

  2. Complete the Honors Program application and submit it to the department as early as possible (but no later than April 10) in the spring semester of your junior year. Forms are available online and in the English Department office at 70 Brown Street.

    a) Provide a sample (15-20 pages) of your writing from a Nonfiction Writing course, preferably 1000-level, and appropriate to your proposed project.

    b) Submit a proposal of your project, signed by the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your first reader. The proposal should include the rationale of the project, your background in relation to it, and a bibliography.

    c) Submit a copy of the Registrar's internal academic transcript of grades (from Banner) for courses completed at Brown or transferred for credit.

    d) Update your ASK concentration plan so that it accurately reflects the courses you are using toward the concentration.

  3. Request three (3) letters to be submitted by the application deadline to Lawrence Stanley, Co-Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program: (a) A letter of recommendation and support from the English faculty member who has agreed to serve as your first reader, and (b) two letters of recommendation from faculty members in the Nonfiction Writing Program teaching 1000-level courses from whom you have taken a course.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, April 10, 2014. Students who are studying off campus are expected to meet the application submission deadline. Students planning to be abroad during the spring semester of the junior year should consider submitting all application materials before leaving campus in December.

Applications will be evaluated and candidates will be informed of the decision before the start of registration for fall courses. Students whose applications have been accepted should register for ENGL1993 for the fall semester 2014.

Application materials may be left with Marianne Costa in the English Department office at 70 Brown Street.