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.
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 VI English and Path E Comparative Literature majors, but the Creative Writing Program welcomes applications from students in other majors.
Thesis applicants may wish to enroll in a CWR course as a fallback.
Writing Sample Guidelines
Fiction: 3 stories (approx. 30-35 pages total)
Non-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
Applications are due April 8, 2022, at 11:59 PM (ET).
Have questions about the creative writing thesis and application process? Drop by a CWR Thesis Info Session to learn more on March 22 from 12-1:15 PM in New South 602.
Students may wish to apply for Lewis Center Summer Funding Awards for a proposed Creative Writing Thesis Project. Learn more about student Summer Funding Awards »
Other University entities may also be a source of thesis funding. Students are encouraged to apply for funding assistance with a project even before you know if you have been selected for the CWR thesis.
- The Office of Undergraduate Research (Deadline to apply: March 20, 2022)
- The Office of the Dean of the College
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).