Brown University

Rhode Island, United States

Residential program

Students take 8 courses over the 2 years: 4 writing courses and 4 electives. This arrangement allows maximum time for writing.

Students ordinarily enroll in a workshop in their genre for each of the first 3 semesters and in their last semester complete a thesis under the direction of a particular faculty writer. The thesis must be an original manuscript: a novel or substantial part of a novel, a collection of stories or poems, a full-length play or group of one-acts, etc. Each student will, over the 2 years, have worked with at least 2 different members of the writing faculty, probably with 3.

Many, though by no means all, recipients of this degree have gone into teaching or, less often, publishing. The academic setting of the program and the possibility of actual teaching experience suggest this. But the program is not specifically oriented towards these careers. The emphasis is on the writing itself - writing as an art. The 4 elective courses allow flexibility and individual direction. Students most often take courses in literature and languages, but many turn to studio or performing art courses.

A rather small percentage of applicants can be accepted, since the aim each year is for a class of 15 or fewer. Applicants must submit samples of writing in a particular genre - poetry, fiction, electronic, playwriting. This sample is the most important part of the application. GRE test scores are not required. Interviews are optional with applicants.

For further information, contact the Graduate Program in Literary Arts.

Contact Information

Box 1923
Literary Arts Program
Providence
Rhode Island, United States
02912-1852
Phone: (401) 863-3265
Email: gale_nelson@brown.edu
http://brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/graduate_program.htm



DEGREE PROGRAMS

The undergraduate concentration in Literary Arts at Brown is designed to allow student writers to develop their skills in one or more genres while deepening their understanding of the craft of writing. Concentration requirements are intended to balance creative and critical concerns.\nWe also offer a digital writing degree--there was no category for this in #6

Largest Class Size: 18
Smallest Class Size: 3
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.)
Tuition 40000
Unit of Measure: Credits
Criticism and Theory: 1
Total Units for Degree: 30

Graduate Program Director

Cole Swenson
Box 1923
Literary Arts Program
Providence
Rhode Island, United States
02912-1852
Email: cole_swensen@brown.edu

Students take 8 courses over the 2 years: 4 writing courses and 4 electives. This arrangement allows maximum time for writing.

Students ordinarily enroll in a workshop in their genre for each of the first 3 semesters and in their last semester complete a thesis under the direction of a particular faculty writer. The thesis must be an original manuscript: a novel or substantial part of a novel, a collection of stories or poems, a full-length play or group of one-acts, etc. Each student will, over the 2 years, have worked with at least 2 different members of the writing faculty, probably with 3.

Many, though by no means all, recipients of this degree have gone into teaching or, less often, publishing. The academic setting of the program and the possibility of actual teaching experience suggest this. But the program is not specifically oriented towards these careers. The emphasis is on the writing itself - writing as an art. The 4 elective courses allow flexibility and individual direction. Students most often take courses in literature and languages, but many turn to studio or performing art courses.

A rather small percentage of applicants can be accepted, since the aim each year is for a class of 15 or fewer. Applicants must submit samples of writing in a particular genre - poetry, fiction, electronic, playwriting. This sample is the most important part of the application. GRE test scores are not required. Interviews are optional with applicants.

For further information, contact the Graduate Program in Literary Arts.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 10
Smallest Class Size: 10
Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.)
Tuition 30000
Unit of Measure: Hours
Workshop: 9
Thesis: 3
Total Units for Degree: 24
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Other




FACULTY

Ama Ata Aidoo

The Girl Who Can and Other Stories, An Angry Letter in January and Other Poems, Changes

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/bioaidoo.htm


John Cayley

Ink Bamboo

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biocayley.htm


Robert Coover

The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Directors' Cut, Stepmother, A Child Again

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biocoover.htm


Brian Evenson

The Open Curtain, Contagion, Fugue State

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/bioevenson.htm


Thalia Field

Point and Line, Incarnate: Story Material, ULULU

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biofield.htm


Forrest Gander

Eye Against Eye, A Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biogander.htm


Renee Gladman

Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biogladman.htm


Michael S. Harper

I Do Believe in People: Remembrances of Walter Warren Harper (1915-2004); Dear John, Dear Coltrane; Debridement; Healing Song for the Inner Ear; History is Your Own Heartbeat

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biogladman.htm


Joanna Howard

On the Winding Stair

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biohoward.htm


Carole Maso

Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, AVA, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, Defiance

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biomaso.htm


Gale Nelson

Ceteris Paribus, Stare Decisis

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/bionelson.htm


Meredith Steinbach

Zara, Here Lies The Water, The Birth of the World as We Know It; or, Teiresias

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biosteinbach.htm


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John Edgar Wideman

Two Cities, The Cattle Killing, Philadelphia Fire

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biowideman.htm


C.D. Wright

Rising, Falling, Hovering; Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems; One Big Self: An Investigation

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Literary_Arts/faculty_bios/biowright.htm