Creative Writing

Class of 2024

Welcome, Class of 2024! 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, Jim Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, Jenny Xie, and Monica Youn 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 2020 creative writing course application for first-year students will open August 7, 2020, with a deadline of August 23 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). The application consists of a short writing sample or statement of interest; please see the guidelines here. You can apply to one course only per semester.

In addition to holding 3 spaces for first-years in most introductory workshops, this fall we are also offering a few select first-years only sections of Introductory Fiction and Introductory Poetry. This will give you and your peers a special opportunity to bond and learn together in a small creative writing workshop environment during your first semester at Princeton.

Only first-years will be permitted to enroll in the following two sections:
Introductory Poetry: CWR 201, Section C03 – Tuesdays, 1:30-3:20 PM – Professor Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Introductory Fiction: CWR 203, Section C04 –Tuesdays, 1:30-3:20 PM – Professor Idra Novey

If you’ve always wanted to study poetry but have never written a poem, 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