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 First Year Students at Brown and RISD interested in taking First Year Seminars -- introductory workshops and literature courses:

For undergraduates at Brown and RISD interested in taking introductory workshops and seminars (LITR 100A Introduction to Fiction; LITR 100B Introduction to Poetry; LITR 510E Fiction v. Non-Fiction; LITR 710 Writers on Writing: Incoming first-year undergraduate students will pre-register for spring classes beginning on 19 November at 12 noon EST. Registration (permission to register) for First Year Seminars will be determined by the Registrar's Office through a lottery, to be run from 1 through 8 December.

On the first day of the spring semester (20 January) the Literary Arts department will conduct a supplemental lottery to create wait lists for these courses. Details on how to enter these lotteries will be posted here toward the end of December.

Undergraduate students at Brown and RISD interested in taking introductory workshops:

LITR 110A (Fiction), LITR 110B (Poetry), LITR 110D (Digital/Cross-Disciplinary) and LITR 110E (Screenwriting) are for all undergraduate students. Many of these will have further enrollment restrictions during the registration period. 

On the first day of the spring semester (20 January) the Literary Arts department will conduct a supplemental lottery to create wait lists for these courses. Details on how to enter these lotteries will be posted here toward the end of December.

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

A limited number of Literary Arts concentrators may register for LITR 210A (Fiction II)  and LITR 210B (Poetry II) during the registration period. All Brown and RISD undergraduate students (regardless of concentration) are welcome to apply for the rest of the spaces in these workshops along with all spots in any LITR 310 (special topics workshops); these spaces will be filled in January based on the submission of writing samples.Writing samples are due between 14 January and by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, 20 January. 

For undergraduate and graduate students at Brown and RISD interested in taking advanced workshops and special topics workshops (LITR 1010A, Advanced Fiction, LITR 1010B, Advanced Poetry, LITR 1152, Ekphrasis in ActionWriting samples are due between 14 January  and by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, 20 January. 

For undergraduate and graduate students at Brown and RISD interested in taking LITR 999, Graphic Novels and Comic Masterworks:

Writing samples are due between 14 January and by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, 20 January. 

One special topics workshop and other courses for UndergraduatesLITR 1152C (Writers in the Community) 1200 (Writers On Writing): Most sections are filled through open enrollment during the registration period. In cases where permission overrides are required, details related to this may be listed under the regisration details in Courses at Brown. If no details are provided, contact the instructor by electronic mail.

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