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Academic performance (Grade Point Average) is the primary criterion for admission. The application also requires a short personal statement (approximately one paragraph) about your interest in the program, as well as a writing sample.  Applicants must be on track for four-year graduation in order to be considered for the certificate. 

Spring 2023 Admission

The Creative Writing Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2023 semester. 

Please Note: Poetry sequence applications are accepted for fall admission only.

Applicants in Fiction must submit a writing sample of up to 2,500 words.  The sample can consist of one story, several stories, or a novel excerpt. 

Please include your Name and EID on the writing sample and in the file name: Last_First_EID

The application has TWO parts:


2) Submit writing samples to CRW Certificate box folder

Deadline is Monday, October 17, 2022.

Honors Creative Writing Certificate

The Honors Creative Writing Certificate is intended for advanced students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to creative writing and wish to work under faculty supervision on a culminating creative project.

The Honors Project class, CRW 370H, does NOT count as the additional "elective" class required to complete the certificate. Students taking 370H must still fulfill all of the required 18 credits for the certificate in addition to 370H.

Eligibility:  A University GPA of at least 3.33 and a Creative Writing Certificate GPA of at least 3.66 are required for the Honors Creative Writing Certificate to be awarded, as stipulated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in CRW 355 at the time of application. 

To apply to the Creative Writing Honors Program, please fill out the form at: CRW Honors Application    

Submit your thesis proposal and writing sample in ONE document to: CRW Honors box folder

Deadline is Monday, October 17, 2022.