Literary Arts

Writing Sample Process for Workshops

These listed classes require writing samples. These classes will NOT meet on 25, 26 & 27 January (as the class list will not yet be determined). These classes will begin to meet on Monday, 30 January.


Writing samples may be submitted once contact for a section leader is provided for a given course and are due by 5 pm EDT on Wednesday, 25 January (some instructors may accept writing samples through 5 pm EDT on 26 or 27 January; those links will remain active until that time). Instructors will notify those who've applied of the results by day's end on Monday, 30 January


All writing samples will be submitted electronically. From the list below, select the course(s) to which you wish to apply. You'll find an electronic mail address to which you should send a writing sample. 


  • LITR 210A, Sec. 1 --  
  • LITR 210A, Sec. 2 -- 
  • LITR 210B, Sec. 1 --  
  • LITR 031Z, Sec. 1 – 
  • LITR 1010A, Sec. 2 --
  • LITR 1010B, Sec. 1 -- 
  • LITR 1010E, Sec. 1 -- 
  • LITR 1110N, Sec. 1 –
  • LITR 1110U, Sec. 1 -- 
  • LITR 1150A, Sec. 1 -- 

Frequently asked questions

Intermediate Sections

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)

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 and Script to Screen: Send a message to the designated course email address for sample instructions.
Translation: 8-20 pages of material, in translation or not  

Special Topics: 8-20 pages of original literary material, relevant to the topic

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.

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.

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.