Creative Writing

Class of 2025

Welcome, Class of 2025! We can’t wait to see you in workshops in the Program in Creative Writing this fall. We hold spaces open in introductory workshops for first-year students so that you can immerse yourself right away in the craft of creative writing by taking a small class (less than 10 students) with some of the most acclaimed writers in the world.

Michael Dickman, Aleksandar Hemon, A.M. Homes, Daphne Kalotay, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, Idra Novey, Joyce Carol Oates, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Susan Wheeler are among the award-winning faculty teaching workshops open to first-year students. Graduating Princeton seniors often tell us they regret not taking creative writing courses sooner in their undergraduate careers. Don’t delay what may be the best classroom experience you have at Princeton!

The Fall 2021 creative writing course application for first-year students will open August 1, 2021, with a deadline of August 18 at 11:50 p.m. (ET). The application consists of a short writing sample or statement of interest; please review the application guidelines. You can apply to only one course per semester. First-year students will be notified of their admission decisions by Thursday, August 26.

Please note that 3 seats are currently being held in every section of CWR 201: Introductory Poetry and CWR 203: Introductory Fiction for incoming first-years. In addition, 2 seats are being held in CWR 205: Literary Translation, and 1 seat is reserved in CWR 348: Introductory Screenwriting: Writing the Short Film. First-years are also welcome to apply for any open seats in CWR 217: Latinx Stories and CWR 208: Freedom-Restraint. View all CWR courses

If you’ve always wanted to study creative writing but have never written creatively before, just jump in and try it out: introductory classes are designed for motivated beginners.

Questions about CWR?

Contact Program Associate Erin West,

Course Application

» Apply here for fall workshops