A portfolio is a sample of your own writing. You must keep copies of your portfolio for yourself, in case of loss. Your portfolio may be one long piece, a number of shorter pieces, or an excerpt from a longer work. It may include work that you've already submitted for credit in other courses, because portfolio work will not  receive credit in the course for which you're applying. Choose your best pieces, because quality counts.

Portfolio Checklist

A portfolio checklist is a simple form, available for download here:

Creative Writing Portfolios: Submission Checklist (PDF)

The checklist ensures that you include your name, contact information, and the name of the course you want to take. It also provides space to list additional experience (e.g., courses or workshops). Listing that experience is especially important if you're requesting a prerequisite waiver.

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Type your portfolio on plain, white, letter-sized (8.5" x 11") paper, with your name on every page. Poetry may be single-spaced, but prose must be double-spaced. Pages should be stapled and a completed portfolio checklist should be attached on top. No binders or covers, please. Hand the portfolio and checklist in at the English Department office in 2A48.

It's very important to list which course you want on the checklist. The portfolio will be sent only to the instructor for that course. Submit a separate portfolio with a separate checklist for each course. 

It's also very important to include correct, legible contact information on the checklist. The instructor will need to contact you to arrange permission to register.   

Individual Course Requirements for Portfolios

ENGL-3101(6) Creative Writing Comprehensive: Ten pages, including at least four pages of prose and two pages of poetry.

ENGL-3113(3) Writing Short Fiction: five pages of fiction

ENGL-3114(3) Writing Poems: five pages of poetry

ENGL-3102(1): Creative Writing Field Research: five pages in any genre


There is no deadline for portfolio submissions. To ensure that instructors can read the portfolios before registration begins, we suggest submitting them in May. But instructors will consider portfolios at any time before the course begins, if space is available, or becomes available. If the instructor is off campus, students should still submit portfolios to the English department office as soon as possible and ask the Department Assistant to date them. When instructors will read the portfolios when they return.