About the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program

The Literature major at UC Santa Cruz offers a concentration in Creative Writing for students dedicated to the study of literature, and to the writing of poetry, prose, memoir, and cross-genre experiments. The Creative Writing concentration is a rigorous immersion in the written word that encourages students to think creatively and analytically about language and culture.

Creative Writing students experiment with their writing in supportive and challenging workshops, and discuss thematic, linguistic, and structural choices with teachers and peers.

Creative Writing is a small community of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. We meet regularly at readings in the Living Writers series, during which students interact with visiting authors, and learn about publishing opportunities, contests and literary events. Creative Writing students may apply for credit-bearing internships within the UCSC creative writing program, at UCSC, and with local arts organizations, newspapers, journals, and magazines.

Students who graduate with a concentration in Creative Writing go on to Master in Fine Arts (MFA) programs in creative writing; to literature, journalism and other graduate programs; and to careers in publishing, journalism, film, education, digital media, law, and many other fields.