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 Undergraduate Students at Brown and RISD interested in taking First Year Seminars: (LITR 100A, Introduction to Fiction; LITR 100B, Introduction to Poetry; LITR 710, Writers on Writing: Incoming first-year undergraduate students will share preferences with the Registrar over the summer. Registration (permission to register) for First Year Seminars will be determined by the Registrar's Office.

On the first day of the fall semester (8 September) the Literary Arts department will conduct a supplemental lottery to create wait lists for these courses. Learn how you can take part in these lotteries.

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

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

On the first day of the fall semester (8 September) the Literary Arts department will conduct a supplemental lottery to create wait lists for these courses. Learn how you can take part in these lotteries.

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 September based on the submission of writing samples.Writing samples are due between 5 Septe,ber and by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, 8 September. 

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 1010E, Advanced Screenwriting; LITR 1010H, Advanced Digital/Cross-Discliplinar; LITR 1010N, Workshop for Potential Literature; LITR 1110S, Fiction into Film; LITR 1110_, Script to Screen; LITR 1151Q, Great Adventure; LITR 1152Q, Land Arts;Writing samples are due between 5 September and by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, 8 September. 

One other course for Undergraduates: 1200 (Writers On Writing): This section will be filled through open enrollment during the registration period. On the first day of the semester (8 September) the Literary Arts department will conduct a supplemental lottery to create a wait list. Learn how you can take part in the lottery.

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.