Note: PWR 1 is a prerequisite for all creative writing classes except English 9CE and 9CT. The prereq is waived for students in SLE.

How to enroll in a Creative Writing Class:

  1. Fill out the course preference form online (link at the bottom of this section)
  2. Get your class assignment on the results page. If you do not want your name to appear on the posted class lists, please contact Christina Ablaza at cablaza@stanford.edu.
  3. Attend the first class meeting to keep your spot in the class.

Note:  English 9CE: Creative Expression in Writing and English 9CT: Special Topics in Creative Expression are not included in the course preference form.  They are available for open enrollment in Axess. In addition, enrollment in the following courses is by application (application info will be added soon):

  • 190T.3 Script Writing Intensive
  • 190V Reading for Writers with the Stein Visiting Writer, Ron Carlson
  • 191V Reading for Nonfiction Writers with the Stein Visiting Writer, Rebecca Solnit 


  • The course preference form for Spring 2017-2018 will open February 11.
  • The form will close on March 9 at 11:59 pm. 
  • Results will be available by March 15 at 5:00 pm. 

About the Course Preference Form:

  • Be sure to submit at least a first and second choice.
  • Almost all students get their first or second choice class.
  • Priority is given to seniors, juniors, and to those with a creative writing minor or emphasis. 
  • Should you need to change your preferences, please resubmit the form.

Course Descriptions:

Enrolling on Axess:

  • You can only enroll on Axess after receiving a permission number, which will be given to you at the second or third class meeting.
  • If you must enroll in Axess to meet the 12-unit study list requirement, temporarily enroll in English 198 with Tom Kealey. Do not forget to drop this class once you have received your permission number.

Graduate students should NOT fill out the course preference form. Email Christina Ablaza at cablaza@stanford.edu to inquire about specific courses.

Questions? Feel free to stop by our advising hours and talk to our peer advisor, or email Ose Jackson at osejaxn@stanford.edu.

Click here for the Course Preference Form


The Mohr Visiting Poet and Stein Visiting Writers’ Classes

Each year, the Creative Writing Program welcomes distinguished guests to teach Stanford writing seminars in poetry and prose to undergraduates. These unique classes are kept small, limited to no more than 15 students, and they focus on a subject of the writer’s expertise and choosing. The writer also holds a public reading and colloquium. This year during Winter quarter we welcome poet Louise Gluck to teach English 192V the Occasions of Poetry. During Spring quarter we welcome Ron Carlson to teach English 190V: Reading for Writers and Rebecca Solnit to teach English 191V: Reading for Nonfiction Writers. These seminars are made possible with the generous support of Lawrence and Nancy Mohr and Isaac and Madeline Stein.