Program of Study

Thesis Application

Writing sample guidelines:
Fiction: 3 stories (approx. 30-35 pages total)
Poetry: 10-15 pages of poems
Screenwriting: 15-30 pages of a short or feature screenplay
Translation: 10-15 pages of translations

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications are due by midnight on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Applicants are normally expected to have taken four Creative Writing Program workshops, though this requirement may be reduced in exceptional cases. Many creative theses are written by Program IV English and Program D Comparative Literature majors, but the Creative Writing Program actively welcomes applications from students in other majors. After acceptance into the Program, such students must secure permission from their home department(s) to undertake a creative thesis.

Thesis applicants may wish to apply for a CWR course as a fallback.

Applications must be in a single genre, and submitted work should best represent the applicant’s work in that genre. This will be reviewed by a committee of the Program faculty in consultation with the student’s workshop and tutorial instructors. The committee will look for demonstrated talent, potential, and discipline as well as the ability to work closely with an advisor on a long-term project.

Accepted students are expected to contact their thesis advisor immediately upon notification, to complete a portion of the thesis over the summer, and to meet with their thesis advisor immediately upon return to Princeton. They should expect to meet with their advisor weekly (poetry/translation) or every other week (fiction/screenwriting).


Application Form

Please include up to one page as a project proposal for your thesis. What do you hope to write for your CWR thesis, and how do you plan on completing your project in the short amount of time you’ll have? How will you use the opportunity to work closely with creative writing faculty on a long project?

Please note, writing a CWR thesis requires a significant amount of work over the summer between your junior and senior year.  If you are unable to commit to completing this work, you should reflect further on whether undertaking a creative writing thesis is right for you.

Sorry, the application period is now closed.


If you have questions or encounter technical issues, please contact Erin West: 609-258-4096.