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 Those restrictions are no longer in effect.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, 22 January 2020. This applies to LITR 210A (Fiction II), LITR 210B (Poetry II) and any LITR 310 sections. There is als0 a survey for workshop entry; please complete the survey by night's end on Wednesday, 22 January.

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, 22 January 2020. This applies to LITR 1010A (Advanced Fiction), LITR 1010B (Advanced Poetry), LITR 1010E (Advanced Screenwriting) and LITR 1110 N (Workshop for Potential Literature). There is als0 a survey for workshop entry; please complete the survey by night's end on Wednesday, 22 January. These classes will begin to meet on the afternoon of Monday, 27 January (following class list postings earlier that day).

For advanced special topics workshop/seminars, bring your writing sample to the first class meeting: 

LITR 1150B  The Foreign Home: Tue. 9:30 am

LITR 1152C  Writers-in-the-Community Training & Residencies: Thu. 12 noon

LITR 1152G Rebuilding the Book:  Tue., 12 noon

LITR 1152I Poets' Tour of the Essay, Wed. 3 pm

Other courses offered by Literary Arts:

First Year Seminars for UndergraduatesLITR 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 and courses for Undergraduates: LITR 099 (Graphic Novels & Comic Masterworks) LITR 1200 (Writers On Writing), LITR 1230V (Why Don't We Fall in Love?), LITR 1230Y (Structuring [and De-Structuring] Novels), LITR 1231J (Histories): these are for undergraduate 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).

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.