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The Undergraduate Department Representatives in Creative Writing for 2014-2015 will be Ava BlusteinDana Trismen, and Gloria Cadder.

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Creative Writing

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.

Further information about the Creative Writing Program can be found in our brochure.

Requirements for Creative Writing Major.


2013-14 thesis application deadline for the Creative Writing honors thesis:

The deadline for 2nd semester sophomores to submit manuscripts for the thesis option this spring is Monday, April 14th by 5 pm

For mid-year students who will be 2nd semester sophomores next fall, 2014, the deadline is Thursday, November 20, 5 pm

To apply
:  submit 20 pages of poetry, or 35-50 pages of fiction and an informal transcript 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) 1A or 11A, and a minimum of one semester in ENG 19, 39a, 79b, 109 or 119.