Undergraduate Opportunities

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Levinthal Tutorials

The Levinthal Tutorials allow motivated undergraduate writers to work one-on-one with visiting Stegner Fellows in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. Students design their own curriculum and Stegner Fellows act as writing mentors and advisors.

The student completes a reading list and writing project that is equal to, and counts for, a five unit class (about three book readings and about 50 pages of prose or 10 to 15 poems). The student meets with their Stegner Fellow for two hours each week of the quarter.

To learn more about the Levinthal experience, click these links for video interviews: an overview of the Levinthal Program from peer advisor Surabhi Balachander, reflections on the process from Stegner Fellows Aamina Ahmad, Chris Drangle, and Nick Friedman, and student reflections from Catherine Wong (fiction), Jamie Helyar (nonfiction),  Surabhi Balachander (poetry), and Jackson Roach (poetry).

Levinthals are offered only during Winter quarter. The number of tutorials available varies, but can be up to ten in each genre. To apply, students must fill out an application form, submit a writing sample, and outline a program of study. Applicants are selected by Stegner Fellows. A Levinthal may be applied as English 290, 291, or 292 towards the Creative Writing minor or English major with creative writing emphasis.

Application Guidelines:

  • Students must have completed English 90, 91 or 92.
  • The completed application form must be turned in (hard copy only, no e-mails) to the Creative Writing office (460-223) by the specified deadline: for Winter 2017-18, the deadline is Tuesday, October 31.
  • Students will be notified of decisions in early December.
  • Students who have already completed a Levinthal may not apply for a second one.

 Download Levinthal Application 

The Mohr and Stein Visiting Writers

Each year, the Creative Writing Program welcomes distinguished guests to teach writing seminars 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 discussion. This year, during Winter quarter, Mohr Visiting Poet Louise Glück will be teaching English 192V: Occasions in Poetry. These seminars are made possible with the generous support of Lawrence and Nancy Mohr and Isaac and Madeline Stein.

Download English 192V Application 

Four Minute Reading Series

The Four Minute Reading Series is held once per quarter and features undergraduate writers. Each writer reads four minutes of their fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, creating a lively and fast-moving literary event. Please contact peer advisor Juliana Chang (cjuliana@stanford.edu) for more information.

Poet’s House

Come to the Poet’s House with paper and pen, and leave with five poems. Led by our Jones lecturers, the Poet’s House takes on a different topic each week. Students are provided with a free meal, guided through exercises, and supported with a friendly and open group of fellow writers. The Poet’s House is open to all undergraduates, regardless of major or experience level.


Writer’s Studio

The Creative Writing Program is happy to announce a new collaboration with the Storytelling Project and the Hume Center, a Monday workshop series called “The Writer’s Studio.” This new collaboration combines the best of our two respective series, “The Art of Writing” and “StoryLab.”  We are joining forces to share with students how principles and practices of creative writing apply widely to many genres and media, from fiction to journalism, from spoken word to film. In addition to workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction we’ll also be offering workshops in the graphic novel, screenwriting, writing for radio, and other exciting genres.

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