Undergraduate

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I declare the creative writing emphasis or minor?
To declare a major in English with a creative writing emphasis, follow the instructions on the Stanford English website here. To declare a creative writing minor, go to the student center on Axess and submit your request.

How do I enroll in creative writing classes?
Enrollment is determined by a lottery, with preference given to English majors with a creative writing emphasis, creative writing minors, and upperclassmen. For more information on enrolling in a class, please visit our enrollment page.

My class says I need a permission code number to enroll. Where can I get that number?
Your class instructor will give you a permission code. Note that you will most likely receive your code on the second or third class meeting, not on the first.

I am taking a creative writing course but have not yet received my permission code. If I don’t receive that permission code and formally enroll, I won’t meet the 12 units I need to be a full time student. What do I do?
If you are waiting for your permission code, temporarily enroll in English 198 with Tom Kealey. It is a stand-in class to fulfill your unit requirement while you wait for your permission code to come through. Don’t forget to drop English 198 after enrolling in your Creative Writing class or you will receive a failing grade in English 198!

I took creative writing classes while studying abroad. Can I count them toward my Creative Writing major or minor?
Unfortunately, no. Classes taken during study abroad cannot count toward your major or minor.

I’m a graduate student. Can I enroll in undergraduate creative writing classes?
Our courses are designed for undergraduates, but if you have a particular interest in a class please email Christina Ablaza for availability. Note: please do not enter your class preferences into the system.

I’m not currently enrolled in any Creative Writing classes. Can I still submit for undergraduate writing prizes?
Yes, you don’t need to be enrolled in creative writing classes to submit to prizes.

How can I stay informed about the department’s goings on?
Subscribe to our mailing list here.

How can I get involved with literary magazines?
Stanford has three literary magazines, the Leland Quarterly, the Stanford Arts Review, and The Claw. The Leland Quarterly contains fiction, nonfiction, poetry, illustration and photography. Visit the Leland Quarterly online. The Stanford Arts Review writes on a broad range of topics relating to art and design, and focuses particularly cross-disciplinary projects. Visit their website here, or contact Scott Hutchins for more information. The Claw is an arts and letters magazine published on campus.

What are the Levinthal Tutorials?
The Levinthal Tutorials are designed to allow undergraduate writers to work one-on-one with Stegner Fellows in poetry, fiction, and (if available) nonfiction, in a quarter-long course. For more information, please visit our opportunities page.

I’m working on a novel/large project. Is there any way I can get feedback on it from the creative writing community?
Yes. Please come into our advising hours [link], and one of our Jones Lecturers can offer advice regarding writing resources and publishing. Our advising hours are open to all students, regardless of their major. In addition, students can work on their novels in the Novel Writing Intensive class offered next year.

I have another question about the Creative Writing program and/or classes.  Who should I ask?
Our Creative Writing Peer Advisor holds weekly office hours on Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm, Thursdays 3:00pm-5:00pm, and by appointment.  Feel free to come in and ask her any questions you have about Creative Writing at Stanford.  For more information, please visit our advising page.