Sample Deadlines for Creative Projects

By the end of the 2nd week (about Sept 10 in Fall; about February 10 in Spring)

  • Consult with advisor about department expectations and evaluation procedures, and your general writing plan.
  • Attend library research session, if appropriate for your project, and if announced (MLA electronic bibliography and other specialized bibliographic resources).
  • For the 2-credit option, the student must submit the project description to the department head for approval in the semester prior to undertaking the senior project (for example, at the time of registration).

By the 6th week (mid-October in Fall, mid-March in Spring)

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your progress on the creative project, giving a report on the shape that your project is taking and the reading you are doing in conjunction with your writing. Make sure to discuss the intended length of the project, which will vary depending on the genre(s) of your work. For 2-credit projects, the recommended or typical length is 20 or more pages for works of fiction, 20-40 for theater or film scripts, or 15 or more poems. One-credit senior projects would be about half of these totals.

By 8th week (late October in Fall; late March in Spring)

  • Bring your advisor a partial draft of your project for review and discussion. This work should at least be the equivalent of a short story or two for fiction, 20 pages or more of film or theater script, or 6-8 poems. Consider also what sources best help you think about your work and how you will shape your 5-7 page introductory essay to your project.

By the 10th week -- 2 weeks to go! (mid-November in Fall; mid-April in Spring)

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss a complete draft of your project. See 6th week (above) for page lengths.

English Department faculty consider this the crucial stage in your project’s development, since students who do not seek help at this stage often write less than successful creative projects. Only with a complete (though perhaps still rough) draft can advisors give their best response and guidance. You should begin revising immediately after your conference.

Final due date, typically in the twelfth week (often the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in Fall; often the second Wednesday in May in Spring)

  • Turn in two copies of your project to Bonnie Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Main 126 by 4:00 pm. This is an absolute deadline.
  • Your creative project will be read by your senior project advisor and a second reader selected by the department. The department faculty meets as a whole to discuss senior projects and establish final grades. After this department meeting, you may wish to discuss your final project with your advisor and/or your second reader. 

Oral presentation, the last Wednesday of the semester, 4:00 pm in Main classrooms. See Senior Projects>Oral Presentation.

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