Applying to Manuscript Workshop

CRW-505, the capstone of the major, is to be taken in the fall of the senior year. It 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 CRW-505.

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, need to meet with the Coordinator of Creative Writing to make alternate arrangements.

Application Process

  • Admission to CRW-505 is by application only. To be admitted to CRW-505, students will need a registration form signed by the coordinator of creative writing, Nick Twemlow.
  • The application is due to the coordinator by email (
  • The English Department will review applications in the order 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 coordinator in creative writing whether late applications will be accepted. All late applications must be discussed in person with the coordinator.

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 CRW-505, 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)