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The Undergraduate Department Representatives in Creative Writing for 2017-2018 will be Rebecca Kahn and Raphael Stigliano.

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Program Faculty

Co-Director Stephen McCauley

Co-Director Elizabeth Bradfield

Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence Rebecca Morgan Frank

Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer Michelle Hoover

Adjunct Assistant Professor Marc Weinberg

Professor Emerita Olga Broumas

Professor Emerita Mary Baine Campbell


Creative writing workshops have been taught at Brandeis since 1951. Creative writing became one of the English tracks in 1997, and in 2003 a major in its own right. It is also a popular choice in a minor.

The Creative Writing Program is structured to allow flexible participation in its activities by a diverse body of students, whose interest or commitment may vary in nature or over time. The major consists of a combination of writing workshops, literature courses, studio art, and independent study, culminating in a body of creative work of high caliber, and a historical and contemporary grasp of literary currents.

Under the thesis option, it culminates in a book-length thesis in poetry, fiction or another literary genre, written under the close supervision of a creative writing faculty member over the two semesters of the senior year.

Please see our Overview page for further information about the Creative Writing Program.

Requirements for Creative Writing Major.


Thesis application deadline for the Creative Writing honors thesis:

The deadline for 1st semester juniors to submit manuscripts for the thesis option will be Monday, November 20th, 2017. Notifications will be sent in January before the start of the semester.

For mid-year students who will be 1st semester juniors in the spring, the deadline will be sometime in April. Date TBA.

To apply:  submit 15-20 pages of poetry, or up to 35 pages of fiction, an informal transcript, and a brief (1 or 2 page) cover letter in which you describe a literary work that has influenced or inspired you and explain what you hope to achieve in writing a thesis. Submit as a single .doc/.docx attachment to chaucer@brandeis.edu.  Include your name, email, and preferred phone number.

Students need to have taken (or be enrolled in) ENG 10b, ENG 11a or ENG 11b, and a minimum of one semester in ENG 19, 39a, 79b, 109 or 119.