Courses: FAQs

Helpful Information about applying to Literary Arts Workshops

How may I get on a wait list for the introductory workshops?
If you are not already enrolled, you may participate in a lottery to fill any open slots (and to create a wait list). You'll need to send an electronic message by 3 pm on Wednesday, 20 January, asking to participate in the lottery. 

How long should my writing sample be?

For intermediate sections, typical submissions are:

Fiction:  5-15 pages of prose fiction  
Poetry:  4-8 pages of poetry  
Digital/Cross-Disciplinary: A story, 4-6 pages of poetry, a cross-genre literary work or a computer-based creative work

Special Topics: a writing sample 4-15 pages -- if possible, relevant to the topic (but any creative work will be considered)

For advanced sections:

Fiction: 10-20 pages of prose fiction  
Poetry:  6-12 pages of poetry  
Digital & Cross-disciplinary: One or more cross-disciplinary or digital creative projects, or a writing sample as above, ideally from a project for which the artist can envisage a compositionally integrated cross-disciplinary or digital dimension
Screenwriting:  One screenplay (of at least 10 pages in length, in standard screenplay format) 
Translation: 8-20 pages of material, in translation or not  
Special Topics: 8-20 pages of original literary material, relevant to the topic

Should I register for an intermediate or advanced creative writing workshop in advance?  
If you meet the criteria, you may register for intermediate creative writing workshops. If you are able to register, you need not submit a writing sample at the beginning of the semester. If you cannot (or do not) register, then you should submit a writing sample at the beginning of the semester.

To how many sections should I apply?  
Apply to any section that you would like to take – advanced and/or intermediate. The more to which you apply, the more likely you are to get into one; but don't apply to a section where you know you have a time conflict. Once you've been accepted in one section of a particular genre, you will NOT get into any other.

Are there prerequisites for workshops?  
Any undergraduate student may submit writing samples to intermediate and advanced workshops, regardless of the courses previously taken. In certain fields (screenwriting, digital language arts), by applying, the instructor will assume that you have familiarity with the related software and basic techniques of the field.

Can graduate students take LITR 0100-0999 classes?  

No. These courses are designed for undergraduate students only. In almost all cases, the Department will not grant exceptions.

Writing samples for intermediate and advanced courses are due on the first day of each semester by 4 pm EST.