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How to Enroll

Most Creative Writing courses are available for direct enrollment in Axess: SimpleEnroll. However, some of our courses may require instructor consent, submitting an application, or completing our Course Preference Form prior to enrolling in the course. When browsing in ExploreCourses, pay special attention to the Notes sections, which will indicate if direct enrollment is available or if an application or our Course Preference Form is required. Instructions for all enrollment processes can be found below.

Direct Enrollment

A variety of Creative Writing courses are available for direct enrollment in Axess: SimpleEnroll. Register for these courses in SimpleEnroll, no additional forms nor separate applications necessary. To view available classes, browse ExploreCourses or our list of courses.

Enrollment can be tricky to navigate. To set yourself up for success each quarter, consider the following:

Students pursuing the Creative Writing minor can email creative1 or meet with our Peer Advisors to discuss how classes will slot into the minor requirements.

  • Pay your tuition and fees
  • Clear any holds blocking your registration
  • Review your academic plan of study with an advisor

Other helpful enrollment tools can be found on the Registrar's website.

Remember: If you enroll into a course, then you must attend the first class meeting to secure your spot in the course.

Enrollment with Instructor Consent

Some Creative Writing courses may require instructor consent to enroll. To request instructor consent for a given course, follow its instructions listed below. When browsing on ExploreCourses, the instructions can also be found in the Notes section of the course.

English 9SF Fight the Future: Speculative Fiction and Social Justice with Shannon Pufahl & Jonah Willihnganz

Fill out the online Google form to request instructor consent:

Winter 2023 Form


English 157H/Oceans 157 Creative Writing & Science: The Artful Interpreter with Sara Michas-Martin

Fill out the online Google form to request instructor consent:

Winter 2023 Form

Enrollment via Course Preference Form

1. Complete the online Course Preference Form
Winter 2023 Course Preference Form will open on Wednesday, November 30 by 5pm

 Winter 2023 Course Preference Form

  • Submit a first, second, and third choice (most students get their first or second choice)
  • Priority goes to declared Creative Writing minors & English majors with a Creative Writing emphasis first, followed by seniors with any major, then juniors with any major, then sophomores, and then freshmen
  • If your preferences change, edit your responses and re-submit the form before it closes
  • The form will close on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:59pm
2. Check your Stanford email for placement and/or waitlist results
For Winter 2023, all students will be notified via email by 5pm on Wednesday, December 14

After the form closes, we’ll place students into classes, giving priority to students as denoted above and by adhering to the following:

  • We always try to place students into their 1st choice class
  • If 1st choice is full, then we try for their 2nd choice
  • If 2nd choice is full, then we try for their 3rd choice
  • If all 3 class choices are full, then we add students to the waitlist for the 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd choice class

Then, all students who complete the form will be notified via email. In this email, students will learn if they were placed onto a class roster or waitlisted. If placed onto a waitlist, you’ll only be notified again if a spot becomes available and you're bumped up onto the class roster. All other students may inquire after their placement/waitlist status by emailing creative1.

3. If offered placement, attend the first class meeting to secure your spot in the course

After securing your spot in the course, the instructor will distribute permission numbers.

4. After receiving a permission number, enroll in Axess
Important Notes
  • If offered placement but are no longer interested in the course, please email creative1
  • If offered a spot on the waitlist, please refrain from attending the first class meeting. The instructor or a CW program administrator will contact you if a spot becomes available
  • If not offered placement nor a spot on the waitlist, email creative1 by Monday, December 19 at 12 noon to inquire if there's space in the course
  • More information on our first day of class protocol can be found on our Enrollment FAQ page

Course Snapshot

The following courses are available on the Winter 2023 Course Preference Form:

  • English 190F Fiction into Film
  • English 190YA Young Adult Fiction
  • English 191 Intermediate Creative Nonfiction
  • English 192 Intermediate Poetry Writing
  • English 292 Advanced Poetry Writing

Enrollment via Application

A small number of Creative Writing courses require a separate application to be considered for enrollment. The instructor(s) of the course will review the applications and select their pool of students accordingly. Each course application is linked below.


English 190G The Graphic Novel with Shimon Tanaka & Sarah Frisch

The Stanford Graphic Novel Project is a wholly unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the graphic novel form by reading and collaborating on a complete book that will be printed in paperback format. We'll collaboratively write, design, and illustrate a full-length graphic novel. We're looking for artists, writers, designers, and all-around team players. This will be an intense, challenging, rewarding class, but with a heavy workload. The project will take place over two 5-credit classes offered during fall and winter quarters; preference will be given to students who can complete both terms, but it's possible to take the class for only one of those terms. Fulfills Creative Expression (CE) requirement; drawing experience not required.

Fall 2022 & Winter 2023 Application


English/Asnamst/Amstud 91A Asian American Autobiography with Chang-rae Lee

This is a dual purpose class: a writing workshop in which you will generate autobiographical vignettes/essays as well as a reading seminar featuring prose from a wide range of contemporary Asian-American writers. Some of the many questions we will consider are: What exactly is Asian-American memoir? Are there salient subjects and tropes that define the literature? And in what ways do our writerly interactions both resistant and assimilative with a predominantly non-Asian context in turn recreate that context? We'll be working/experimenting with various modes of telling, including personal essay, the epistolary form, verse, and even fictional scenarios.

Winter 2023 Application


English 190SW Screenwriting Intensive with Edward Porter & Georgina Beaty

The main requirement for this course is a full length film script. The course explores elements of screenwriting including beat structure, character creation, scene vs. montage, as well as description and dialogue. Students will read four to five screenplays during the first half of the course and then write a 90-page film script in the second half of the course. Students will additionally write synopses, treatments, character sketches, and beat sheets. Designed for any student who has always wanted to write a screenplay.

Spring 2023 Application coming soon!


Independent Study

To begin pursuing an Independent Study (English 198), students must find a Creative Writing lecturer or English faculty member (professor) to be their instructor. Once they connect with a lecturer or professor, approval from the program is required. Students must obtain approval from the Assistant Director of Creative Writing before the beginning of their desired quarter. Then, students are permitted to enroll in their section of English 198.

Visit our Opportunities page for the Interest Form

Levinthal Tutorials

The Levinthal Tutorials provide undergraduate students the opportunity to design their own curriculum and work one-on-one with visiting Stegner Fellows in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Given the nature of the tutorials, they may count as one of the intermediate or advanced courses required for the Creative Writing minor, pending an approved course substitution. Levinthals are only offered during Winter quarter.

Visit our Levinthal Tutorials page for application information

Introductory Seminars

2022-23 Creative Writing Introductory Seminars:

  • English 13Q Imaginative Realms

  • English 15Q Family Trees: The Intergenerational Novel

  • English 16Q Family Stories

  • English 19Q I Bet You Think You're Funny: A Humor Writing Workshop

  • English 21Q Write Like a Poet: From Tradition to Innovation

  • English 23Q First Chapters: Please Allow Me to Introduce My Novel

  • English 24Q Leaving Patriarchy: A Course for All Genders

  • English 25Q Queer Stories

  • English 27Q The Childhood Novel

  • English 90Q Sports Writing

  • English 93Q The American Road Trip

  • English 94Q The Future is Feminine

Browse the Explore IntroSems catalog for application information



We're here to support you! Email creative1 [at] with your inquiries, or stop by our advising hours and talk to one of our Peer Advisors.

For enrollment questions specific to Creative Writing, visit our Enrollment FAQ page.

For general enrollment troubleshooting, refer to the Student Services guide.