Area Program in Literary Prose
The 2024 online application will appear here (but is not yet available). See below for details on how to apply and what to send. The tentative application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, 15 March 2024.
This area program of the Department of English allows talented undergraduate writers to pursue serious study of the craft of literary prose writing (fiction, nonfiction, and the hybrid forms between) within the context of the English major. The Area Program in Literary Prose (APLP) stresses not only writing but extensive reading and rigorous thinking about the nature of narrative, and it encourages exploration in corollary disciplines engaging strategies of narrative, according to each student’s individual focus.
The APLP is a two-year course of study and admission is competitive. Students typically apply in the spring semester of their second year and declare a major in English with a concentration in literary prose. We do our best to support students who wish to minor or double-major in another discipline. We are also supportive of studying abroad, though the ability to transfer courses from abroad is something we have to address case-by-case.
In addition to taking upper-level English literature courses, students in the APLP will take at least 12 hours of upper-level (ENCW 3000 level and higher) workshops (three in fiction and one in nonfiction), two 3-hour literary prose seminars (ENCW 4550) designed especially for writers in the program (these are offered every term), and, in the second semester of the fourth year, a required thesis class (ENCW 4720), a one-semester project which culminates in the creation of a manuscript of original fiction, nonfiction or hybrid forms between (40 + pages).
Because close reading and creative writing are inextricably linked, the program requires its students to complete:
- The pre-requisite to the English major (completion of an ENGL 2000-level course with a grade of “C” or completion of two ENGL 3000-level courses, with the average grade between the two courses being a “B”)
As well as 30 hours of upper-level coursework, including:
- ENGL 3001 and ENGL 3002
- Four (4) upper-level workshops (12 hours), at least two in fiction and at least one in non-fiction. One workshop should be at the 4000 level or higher.
- Two (2) Literary Prose Program seminars (ENCW 4550) on various topics of interest to creative writers (students may take more of these classes if they wish)
- One pre-1800 literature course in English at the 3000-level or above (Medieval, ENGL 3100/4100; Renaissance, ENGL 3200/4200; or 18th-century, ENGL 3300/4300), including any Shakespeare course at the 3000-level or above)
- The Thesis Course (ENCW 4720)
We do not recommend APLP students take two workshops in one semester unless the workshop classes are in different genres/forms. APLP students may not take three workshops in one semester without written permission from the APLP director.
How to Apply to the APLP:
Rising third-year majors interested in the APLP should apply each spring using this Google form, where you will provide your basic contact information and the name and email of one faculty or graduate instructor reference. At the end of that application, there is a link where you can upload your supporting documents, which include a current transcript, a writing sample (a short story, novel excerpt, creative essay, etc. of fifteen double-spaced pages or fewer), a one-to-two page personal statement, and the name and email of a UVA instructor who knows your work and potential in a small, focused program of study. These supporting documents should have filenames that start with your last name and first initial so we can easily identify who they are from, i.e. "SmithJ-shortstory.doc."
Applications for admission for the 2023–24 academic year are due online by 5 p.m. on Friday, 17 March 2023.
How to Declare for the APLP
If you are admitted to the APLP, you should complete a Declaration of Major form using DocuSign. See the College forms page for the link. Please list Kevin Moffett ([email protected]) as the department major contact. The form should indicate a major in English, Area Program in Literary Prose. You should only list courses that are required as part of the APLP concentration. Please do not list every English course you have taken or will take. The purpose of the declaration form is to demonstrate that you understand the requirements of our concentration and have a curricular plan in place for your future semesters. Your plans can change and you do not need to resubmit a major declaration. The APLP director will review your form, and if they agree with your plan, they will approve the form and route it to the college registrar for coding into SIS. Please ensure that you see the new major appear in your SIS record.
For more information, contact Interim Director Jeb Livingood, [email protected]