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The concentration allows student writers to develop their skills in one or more genres while deepening their understanding of the craft of writing. Many courses in this concentration require a writing sample; students should consult a concentration advisor or the concentration website for strategies on getting into the appropriate course(s).

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop an understanding of literary theory and literary genres
  • Learn to critique their own and others
  • Expand their aesthetic sensibility by working in more than one medium
  • Cultivate critical acumen and fluency
  • Produce a substantial body of creative work

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Grace Layer, Mirabella Roberts

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 36  36  27 
2015 30  30  19 
2016 29  21  20 
2017 44    27 
2018 35  24  23 
2019 47   30

Alumni Pathways

Alumni of Brown's program in Literary Arts are now fiction writers, poets, playwrights, artists of literary hypermedia, and university teachers of creative writing and literature. Alumni have won the MacArthur Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, an Obie, O. Henry Awards, a National Book Award, and many others. Books by Literary Arts alumni have been published by dozens of publishers, such as Routledge, Doubleday, Penguin, Random House, McMillan, Knopf, New York University Press, and Oxford University Press. Plays and musicals by alumni have been produced at the Trinity Repertory Company, the Kennedy Center, on National Public Radio, in the New York Shakespeare Festival and by the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Peter Nelson