Creative Writing Concentration

Creative Writing, a concentration within the Literature major, offers a sequence of workshops from introductory through advanced levels in both poetry and fiction. Creative Writing is the only Literature concentration that is selective. Interested students are required to take one lower-division workshop at UCSC before applying to the concentration; however, students are strongly encouraged to complete two lower-division workshops (at least one at UCSC) before applying.

To apply for admission to the Creative Writing concentration, students should submit a completed application form and no more than ten pages of poetry or 1,250 to 1,750 words (five to seven pages) of fiction. Manuscripts must be typed using a 12-point font, and fiction must be double spaced. Applications are accepted on the second Friday of instruction.

Once accepted into the concentration, students are required to declare (or redeclare) the major in literature. Students accepted into the concentration must complete three advanced writing workshops and a senior project (e.g., a group of stories, a significant portion of a novel, a collection of poems).

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Creative Writing Application


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