Co-Director Stephen McCauley
Co-Director Elizabeth Bradfield
Professor of English Mary Baine Campbell
Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence Rebecca Morgan Frank
Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer Michelle Hoover
Adjunct Assistant Professor Marc Weinberg
Professor Emerita Olga Broumas
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:
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 email@example.com. 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.