ENG 96d (Senior Creative Writing Thesis)

Qualified Creative Writing majors working on thoroughly revised manuscripts that demonstrate the highest level of growth and accomplishment in Manuscript Workshop (CRW 505) may apply to the English Department to submit a senior thesis for Departmental Distinction. The honors thesis must be work that has been rigorously workshopped in the past, and is in most cases a further revision of the manuscript worked on during Manuscript Workshop.

Information for Prospective Thesis Writers

Broader terms: If you were assigned this post on Edward Said's "Orientalism" as part of a course, or if you're a teacher who upenn creative writing thesis is assigning the below, I would.


*ENG 206 - Reading and Writing Poetry

*ENG 207 - Reading and Writing Fiction   *ENG 208 - Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction

They begin in the fall with specialized courses in the fundamental technical and rhetorical bases of each genre. Poetry students study the uses of metaphor and mode, and the theory of prosody (including both the major form of poetry in English-accentual-syllabic verse-and the minor forms, accentual, syllabic, and free verse). Fiction students consider the tenets of realism and its alternatives, and practice different approaches to style, characterization, structure, and point of view. Creative nonfiction students focus on essay forms, logical method, authorial tone, and techniques of discourse and description. In all genres, imitations and models of great writers are assigned.


While writing your thesis, please follow the format described .

Honors theses and thesis proposals that have been written over the past several years, covering many subject areas, are available for review in the Conroy Honors Center, Room 104.

Several more awards are given for creative honors theses.

Most students write the bibliography toward the end of their second semester senior year, as their thesis is nearing completion. However, it would be most helpful to you to keep notes on your reading throughout the two years of the thesis process, as both a way of keeping track of what you read and as documentation of the trajectory of your interests as a writer over time.

A thesis paper to complete Honors requirements.

Most students write the bibliography toward the end of their second semester senior year, as their thesis is nearing completion. However, it would be most helpful to you to keep notes on your reading throughout the two years of the thesis process, as both a way of keeping track of what you read and as documentation of the trajectory of your interests as a writer over time.

Playwright and screenwriter Theresa Rebeck

To write the Honors Thesis, the student must enroll in Honors 400. A special studies permit must be signed by all parties to complete registration for Honors 400. The thesis is an independent study, and there must be close interaction between professor and student, as well as a very clear understanding about expectations for performance. The supervising professor is solely responsible for assigning grades in Honors 400. Upon satisfactory completion of the thesis, the student must provide a bound copy of the thesis to the Honors Program.

Poet, fiction writer and memoirist Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

Class, used as a noun in this instance, is a feature of sportswriters. “Classy” being a player who is courteous to the writers and his/her opposing team. “Classless” occurs when the coach passes on a postgame handshake.