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Creative Writing Seminars

Applying for Admission to the English & Creative Writing Seminars

Applicants must have declared the English & Creative Writing major and they must have reached sophomore standing, with at least 24 hours completed at the University of Iowa. Transfer students who fall under this amount should consult with an English advisor.

Submit your portfolio during the one-week window (OCT 5-12, 2020*), by way of the online portal. Information about steps to take for this webform application process is available below.



Spring 2021 Seminars focusing on scholarship and criticism will be--

ENGL 4002: "Samuel Beckett, Modernism, and Media," taught be Prof. Jennifer Buckley (fulfilling British Literature, 20/21C)

ENGL 4005: "Writing and Revolution in U.S. Literary Culture," taught by Prof. Laura Rigal (fulfilling American Literature, 18/19C)

ENGL 4009: "Was Shakespeare White? Race and Nationalism in Early Modern England," taught by Prof. Blaine Greteman (fulfilling Medieval - 17C Literatures).


Spring 2021 Seminars focusing on creative writing will be--

ENGL 4011: Honors Seminar in Creative Writing: Literary Journalism, taught by Prof. Inara Verzemnieks

ENGL 4012: Honors Seminar in Fiction: Fiction Workshop, taught by Prof. Bennett Sims

ENGL 4013: Honors Seminar in Poetry: Confession and Intimacies, taught by Prof. Donika Kelly.



Submission Guidelines for Honors Seminars in Creative Writing – SPRING 2021

1) Submissions are accepted for ONE WEEK ONLY: October 5-12* through this webform ( Submissions received outside that period may not be considered.

2) We are offering three Honors courses in Creative Writing in Spring 2021. You may only submit to one course. Under Submission Type, please select one of the following: NONFICTION (Verzemnieks), FICTION (Sims), or POETRY (Kelly).

3) Upload, as a single file, up to 15 pages of NONFICTION for the nonfiction seminar; up to 15 pages of FICTION for the fiction seminar; or up to 15 pages of POETRY for the poetry seminar.

  • FICTION and NONFICTION submissions may be one piece, multiple short pieces, or part of a larger project, as long as the document does not exceed 15 pages in length (double-spaced). For FICTION and NONFICTION submissions, please use standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 12-point type, margins of at least one inch, pages numbered, name on first page).
  • POETRY submissions should be 5 poems of any length, not to exceed 15 pages total. Submissions above 15 pages may be disqualified.

4) Again, you may only submit to one of the three courses. Multiple submissions may be disqualified.



Application period: Monday, October 5 - Monday, October 12


Report-back date: by Friday, November 6

Early registration: Monday, November 30 (new date!)