Literary Arts Courses

Literary Arts offers a mixture of workshops, seminars and hybrid workshop/seminar courses each semester, many of which are special topics (and are subject to change from one semester to the next). Please refer to the University's online course listings for up-to-date information about our classes. When navigating this site, our four-letter code (for title/tag/subject area) is LITR.

For undergraduates at Brown and RISD interested in taking introductory workshops:

LITR 100A (Fiction) and LITR 100B (Poetry) are for First Year Undergraduates only. If you are not already enrolled, attend the first class to enter a lottery (either to enter the class if spaces are available or to be part of the wait list should anyone drop between the first and second meeting).

LITR 110A (Fiction), LITR 110B (Poetry), LITR 110D (Digital Language Art) and LITR 110E (Screenwriting) are for all undergraduate students. Many of these had further enrollment restrictions during the registration period. Those restrictions are no longer in effect. If you are not already enrolled, attend the first class to enter a lottery (either to enter the class if spaces are available or to be part of the wait list should anyone drop between the first and second meeting).

For undergraduates at Brown and RISD interested in taking intermediate workshops:

Writing samples are due in the front hall of Literary Arts building (located at 68 1/2 Brown Street) by 4 pm on Wednesday, 23 January. This applies to LITR 210A (Fiction II), LITR 210B (Poetry II) and LITR 310L (Coding for Language). There is als0 a survey for workshop entry; please complete the survey by night's end on Wednesday.

For undergraduate and graduate students at Brown and RISD interested in taking advanced workshops:

 Writing samples are due in the front hall of Literary Arts building (located at 68 1/2 Brown Street) by 4 pm on Wednesday, 23 January. This applies to LITR 1010A (Advanced Fiction), LITR 1010B (Advanced Poetry) and LITR 1010G (Writing 3D). There is als0 a survey for workshop entry; please complete the survey by night's end on Wednesday.

For advanced special topics courses, bring your writing sample to the first class meeting: 

LITR 1150B  The Foreign Home: Interdisciplinary Arts: Tue. 10:30 am, Room 132, 70 Brown St.

LITR 1151Q  Great Adventure: Wed. 3 pm, Room 318, 70 Brown St.

LITR 1151U  Literatura Puertorriqueña, Tue. 4 pm, Room 318, 70 Brown St.

Other courses offered by Literary Arts:

First Year Seminars for UndergraduatesLITR 610D (Four Performance Texts), LITR 610E (To Gather, To Sever, To Mix, To Turn), LITR 610F (Choose Your Own Adventure), LITR 710 (Writers On Writing): these are for first year undergraduate students only (Brown and RISD); if you are not already enrolled, attend the first class to enter a lottery (either to enter the class if spaces are available or to be part of the wait list should anyone drop between the first and second meeting).

Literature Seminars for UndergraduatesLITR 1200 (Writers On Writing), LITR 1230E, Form and Theory of Fiction, LITR 1231A, Time Mechanics: Poetry as Translation, LITR 1231C, Experimental Poets of Color, LITR 1231E, Rereading Writing: these are forundergraduate and graduate students (Brown and RISD); if you are not already enrolled, attend the first class to enter a lottery (either to enter the class if spaces are available or to be part of the wait list should anyone drop between the first and second meeting).

Literature Seminar for Graduate studentsLITR 2110Q, American Experimental Writing: A Survey: this course is intended for graduate students (Brown and RISD): however, advance undergraduates are encouraged to contact the instructor -- [email protected] or to attend the first class meeting (Thu. 1:15 pm, Room 318, 70 Brown St.).

Classes not listed here are for offered for particular Literary Arts honors candidates or MFA candidates and those students have been contacted about these classes directly.