Honors Program - Creative

Applications to the Honors Program are due WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1st at NOON

Admission to the Honors Program in Creative Writing is selective. In order to apply, you will need to have taken at least one 100 level workshop in Creative Writing, or you must be planning to take one in Winter Quarter. Students admitted to the Honors Program will need to take 100FA or 100PA in the Spring of this year. Other students can apply to, and take, 100FA and 100PAwe encourage all interested students to apply for these courses.


Your application to the Honors Program will consist of a statement of purpose and a writing sample in your chosen genre. We will admit you to the program based on these materials. Please submit a well-written, interesting statement of purpose that tells us who you are as a writer and what you wish to do with your thesis. Submit your best work, in the genre you wish to practice, in your writing sample.


Students admitted to the program are required to take two courses to complete Honors in Creative Writing. This academic year, you’ll complete English 100FA or 100PA. Next academic year, your graduation year, you’ll take English 195H, an independent study, during one quarter. English 195H. English 100FA and 100PA are scheduled courses with instructors. These courses should give you the time and space to explore your writing practice in anticipation of your thesis project. English 195H is a tutorial style course, which matches you with a Senate Faculty member. Sometimes you meet one on one; sometimes you meet in a group with that advisor.


In Spring 2023, you should find an advisor. This faculty member will be your official instructor for English 195H, and the mentor for your thesis project. This faculty member must be Senate faculty – a full time member of an academic department at UC Davis. Most students choose a member of the English department. Many students choose a member of the Creative Writing Program. But you can write a Creative Writing thesis under the supervision of any Senate faculty member at Davis. We’re happy to help you match with a professor – though it’s always best for you, the writer, to approach the professor yourself. Even if we match you with a professor, it’s going to be up to you to take the initiative to write that professor, plan meetings, and figure out a plan of action. You should contact your advisor before the summer. To register for ENL 195H, you need to email Brandy Fleming to get the CRN at the time of registration for the quarter in which you wish to take the class. 



The Honors Thesis is a creative work that reflects each student's development as a writer. The completed thesis should be at least 35 pages in length, and might include a critical or reflective introduction. As a course, English 195H has no scheduled class meetings; instead each student is required to schedule regular meetings with his or her faculty advisor during the term that the thesis is completed. Students should plan to meet at least six times the course of a ten week quarter, and should plan to treat 195H like a class, with at least the same time commitment as an upper-division course in English. Most of this time will be spent independently, writing your project. The thesis should be completed to the faculty advisor's satisfaction at the conclusion of the quarter in which 195H is taken. Students receive four units of credit for working on their creative thesis projects under the direction of the faculty advisor.


A prize is awarded at the end of Spring Quarter for the Best Honors Creative Writing Honors Project. The deadline date for submission of the thesis is normally prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete their thesis in Fall or Winter quarters, however, this is also at the discretion of your faculty advisor.


CW Director Katie Peterson: kpeterson@ucdavis.edu

Undergraduate Advisor Brandy Fleming: bafleming@ucdavis.edu


Eligibility: To be eligible to participate in the Honors Program in English (Creative), students must have earned, by the end of Fall quarter 2022 a GPA of 3.5 in English courses. Students must also have taken at least one upper division creative writing workshop course at UCD (or enrolled in one Winter quarter 2023). Advanced-standing juniors who expect to graduate in mid-year may also apply for admission.