Literary Arts


Brown’s Program in Literary Arts provides a home for innovative writers of fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, literary translation, electronic writing and mixed media.  The concentration allows student writers to develop their skills in one or more genres while deepening their understanding of the craft of writing. Many courses in this concentration require a writing sample; students should consult a concentration advisor or the concentration website for strategies on getting into the appropriate course(s).

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop an understanding of literary theory and literary genres
  • Learn to critique their own and others
  • Expand their aesthetic sensibility by working in more than one medium
  • Cultivate critical acumen and fluency
  • Produce a substantial body of creative work


Click here for a list of the Literary Arts concentration requirements.

Honors and Capstones

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Literary Arts offers a capstone through its Honors Program. Students enrolled in or who have completed at least one 1000-level workshop or independent study may submit Honors applications to the Literary Arts Program (due by early September each year). Course requirements are the same as those for the regular concentration but Honors candidates must also include two 1000-level workshops or independent studies and complete a thesis. Please consult the department’s website for admission procedures and requirements.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Evaluate human behavior
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201342 42 32 
201436 36 27 
201530 30 19 
201629 21 20 
201744  27 

Alumni Pathways

Alumni of Brown's program in Literary Arts are now fiction writers, poets, playwrights, artists of literary hypermedia, and university teachers of creative writing and literature. Alumni have won the MacArthur Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, an Obie, O. Henry Awards, a National Book Award, and many others. Books by Literary Arts alumni have been published by dozens of publishers, such as Routledge, Doubleday, Penguin, Random House, McMillan, Knopf, New York University Press, and Oxford University Press. Plays and musicals by alumni have been produced at the Trinity Repertory Company, the Kennedy Center, on National Public Radio, in the New York Shakespeare Festival and by the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet.

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Hadley Sorsby-Jones
  • Elizabeth Struzzieri

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.