4000-level Creative Writing Workshops


There are many kinds of writers, and they are all welcome in the Creative Writing (CW) workshops. Here at Ohio State, the CW faculty specialize in mentoring literary writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, some of whom may later pursue a graduate degree in Creative Writing (an MFA).

Any student is eligible to declare the CW specialization, and any student who has taken or is currently enrolled in a 2000-level CW workshop is eligible to submit a portfolio for placement into a 4000-level workshop. Placement into workshops is determined primarily by need and past workshop enrollments (i.e., whether a workshop is needed for a student to graduate, if a student has already had the opportunity to take multiple 4000-level workshops, etc.) 

Those interested in being placed into a 4000-level CW workshop for spring 2024 should complete this form here with the required information and a writing sample. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 1. You will be notified by email in early to mid-October. 

Please contact both Professor Marcus Jackson (jackson.2577@osu.edu), Director of Creative Writing, and Elizabeth Falter, Undergraduate Studies Program Manager (falter.44@osu.edu), with any questions about the application process.


Submission Instructions 
All workshop preferences and portolios are submitted via an online webform. You must submit the following information: 

  • Preferred Name
  • Ohio State email address 
  • 9-digit Student ID number (the shorter of the two numbers on your BuckID) 
  • Which 4000-level workshops you are interested in (you may select multiple workshops) 
    • If you select multiple workshops, the form will ask you how many you would ideally like to take (up to 2) and your ranked choices of workshops 
  • One document (Word or pdf) – titled “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] CW Sample” – that contains the following: 
    • A list of creative writing courses taken and the instructors for those courses. 
    • Writing sample(s) of your best creative writing in each genre of the workshops for which you would like to be considered. In other words, if you are interested in both fiction and poetry, you should submit samples of both fiction and poetry.

Here are the requirements for your writing sample: 

  • Length: maximum of 10 pages per genre 
    • If you submit multiple writing samples, each one must be no longer than 10 pages. 
    • Suggested minimum is 3-5 pages (for poetry, 3-5 poems) 
  • Document Format: 12-point Times New Roman font with 1" margins. Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions are double-spaced. Poetry submissions are single-spaced (and/or may play with spacing). 
  • The writing sample should be preceded by a brief (1-2 sentence) description of the writing sample. For multiple samples, each one should be preceded by a brief description. 
  • Be sure that your name is on the document. 

You are strongly encouraged to submit work that has been workshopped and revised. You might ask your instructors from 2000- and 3000-level workshops which sample(s) of your work are best to submit.