Applying to Manuscript Workshop

CRW-492: Manuscript Workshop is the capstone of the Creative Writing major. It is to be taken in the fall of the senior year and is a required course for the Creative Writing major.

The prerequisite is the fulfillment of all other requirements for the Creative Writing major. If necessary and if not a workshop, the elective course can be taken concurrently.

No other CRW workshops should be taken concurrently with Manuscript Workshop.

The following minimum requirements must be met by the first day of class:

  • Prose: 20,000 words
  • Poetry: 15 pages
  • Play or screenplay: 50 pages

Note: Students who have not completed all other requirements, or who will not be on campus the fall of their senior year, will need to talk with Creative Writing faculty or the English Department Chair to learn about what options are available to them. Students seeking an exception or substitution to the Creative Writing major will need to petition using the English Department's petition form

Application Process

  • Admission to Manuscript Workshop is by application only.
  • To apply for Fall 2018, email the application to the course instructor, Nick Twemlow (
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. To have your application reviewed before the start of registration, it should be turned in by the third Monday in March. It is the decision of the course instructor whether late applications will be accepted. All late applications must be discussed in person with the instructor.

The Application

Your application must include the following:

  1. Your name and the title of your manuscript
  2. A list of the courses required for the major you have taken and are taking
  3. A description (300-500 words) of the manuscript you intend to complete and the work you intend to do in Manuscript Workshop, which should address the following questions:
    • What form will the manuscript take, i.e. short story collection, poetry collection, novella, novel, collection of one-act plays, screenplay?
    • What is the content of the manuscript? For example, if a short story collection, briefly describe each one; if poetry, what subject matter and formal considerations do your poems explore?
    • How complete will the manuscript be at the end of this (spring) semester?
    • What kind of work do you anticipate doing with it before the start of the fall term?
    • What kind of revision do you anticipate undertaking in Manuscript Workshop? What are your goals for this manuscript?
  4. The manuscript in its current stage (in a file separate from the application document)