Registration Procedures

Undergraduate Creative Writing

 

All beginning workshops and seminars can be registered for online. You do not need to come into the office for permission.

 

With the exception of the Beginning Workshops, writing samples and a Course Application Form will be required for all intermediate level workshops and higher. Students will also need permission from the instructor.

 

Download complete Spring 2018 Registration Procedures or read below. Spring 2018 course descriptions can be found here.

 

 

Spring 2018 Registration Procedures
 

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MAY TAKE ONLY ONE WORKSHOP PER SEMESTER. YOU MAY TAKE TWO SEMINARS PER SEMESTER. 
 
 

Beginning Workshops and Seminars

 

There are no prerequisites and no application for beginning workshops or seminars. 

 

If, while registering online or over the telephone, you are asked whether you have departmental or professor approval, say, “Yes,” and consider yourself approved.

 

If the class is full add your name to the SSOL waitlist and be sure to attend the first day.  


 

Intermediate, Advanced & Senior Workshops
 

Workshops at the intermediate level or higher require the approval of the professor. Senior majors are given preference for the Senior Workshops. If you wish to take a workshop at the intermediate level or higher, and if you meet the prerequisites, put your name on the waitlist and please read the following application instructions:
 
 

1. Prepare a Writing Sample in the Genre to Which You Want to Apply for Submission
 
Intermediate Workshops
Intermediate Fiction: 10-20 pages of fiction (double spaced; could be several pieces)
Intermediate Nonfiction: 10-20 pages of literary nonfiction (profile, feature, personal essay, biography, memoir; double spaced; could be several pieces)
Intermediate Poetry: 5-10 poems

Advanced Workshops
Advanced Fiction: 15-20 pages of fiction (double spaced; could be several pieces)
Advanced Nonfiction: 15-20 pages of literary nonfiction (profile, feature, personal essay, biography, memoir; double spaced; could be several pieces)
Advanced Poetry: 10-15 poems

Senior Workshops  
Senior Fiction: 20-25 pages of fiction (double spaced; could be several pieces)
Senior Nonfiction: 20-25 pages literary nonfiction (profile, feature, personal essay, biography, memoir; double spaced; could be several pieces)
Senior Poetry: 10-15 poems


2. Submit Writing Sample with Application Form

 

Along with your sample you must submit a course application form. This form is available in the Creative Writing office and may be downloaded here.

 

On this form please list, in order of preference, the sections to which you are applying. Though you may take only one workshop per semester, it is recommended you apply to more than one to increase your chances of admittance.  

 

We do not accept emailed submissions.  

 

Submissions must be delivered in person by 4 pm on Tuesday, January 9th to the Undergraduate Creative Writing Department in 609 Kent.  

 

Or by mail—allot enough time for slow campus mail delivery:

Undergraduate Creative Writing Program
Columbia University
609 Kent Hall, MC 3949
New York, NY  10027
Building address if needed- 1140 Amsterdam Avenue

 

If the office is closed do not slip applications under the door or place on the floor. Put completed application (make sure application form is stapled or attached to sample) in our mailbox.
 

Mail box 3949 located on the third floor of Kent Hall.

 

3. You will be informed of your status—approved, waitlisted or not accepted—before the first class meeting. Once you have received approval, the department will do its best to assign you to your preferred section.
 
 

4. Attend Class


If you are approved for any creative writing course, you MUST ATTEND the first session to secure your spot. Failure to attend may result in forfeiture of your place on the roster.

 

Please direct any further questions to writingprogram@columbia.edu.