Summer Creative Writing Workshops

Our unique three-week program offers aspiring, practicing, and experienced creative writers a community in which to create and connect.

You can take one or two daily creative writing classes in short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. You also have the opportunity to participate in a twice-weekly workshop that teaches you to present your work and listen and critique the creative writing of others. And, most of all, you will meet and socialize with like-minded creative writers and faculty.

Program Overview

Classes meet five days a week, mornings and/or afternoons for three weeks during Session D (July 8-26). Click here to enroll!""

Special events will include public readings and other social events.

Faculty

Our faculty are experienced instructors of creative writing as well as published authors. For summer 2019, our faculty are:

Belinda Kremer, MFA, The Craft of Poetry

Belinda Kremer is a poet who has since 2005 served as the poetry editor of Confrontation: The Literary Magazine, which has published continuously since its inception in 1968. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as Calyx and FENCE, and in her full-length book DECOHERENCE: Poems

 

Mike Larkin, MFA, The Craft of Short Fiction

Michael Larkin's fiction and essays have appeared in The Missouri Review, Arroyo Literary Review, and Writing on the Edge, among others. His work has also been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and featured as "Notable" in The Best American Nonrequired Reading series.

John Levine, MFA, The Craft of Dramatic Writing

John Levine’s plays have been workshopped and produced throughout the U.S.—from California to New York, from Texas to Alaska. International productions include Canada, Mexico, India, Australia, the Philippines and the U.K. His work has also been published in a number of anthologies.

Kaya Oakes, MFA,The Craft of Creative Nonfiction

Kaya Oakes’ essays and journalism have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post and many other publications, and she’s appeared on NPR and the CBC, and has been a guest on a multitude of podcasts.  She’s also the author of four books, most recently including The Nones Are Alright and Radical Reinvention

Ryan Sloan, MA, MFA, The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping & Performance

Ryan Sloan writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and teaches writing at U.C. Berkeley. He is one of the co-hosts of the long-running Babylon Salon quarterly reading series in San Francisco. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his work is published in LA Weekly, Joyland Magazine, Opium Magazine, The Modern Spectator and Painted Bride Quarterly, among other publications.

Courses

The following four classes meet Monday through Friday and are worth 2 units.

ColWrit N131, The Craft of Creative Nonfiction

10am - 12pm

This course in creative writing focuses on the craft of reading and writing creative nonfiction. The course emphasizes an introduction to craft—how creative nonfiction is generated, what its elements are, and how finished pieces work—which students will explore through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising their own short pieces.

ColWrit N132, The Craft of Short Fiction

10am - 12pm

This two-unit creative writing course on the short story emphasizes an introduction to craft—how short stories are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers and through writing and revising your own original pieces generated for this class.

ColWrit N133, The Craft of Dramatic Writing

1pm - 3pm

College Writing N133 is a creative writing course offering an introduction to the craft of dramatic writing through the study of works by professional playwrights and through composition and revision of your own playscripts. You will come to understand dramatic writing as an art and as a set of skills; you will receive an introduction to some of the elements involved in the creation of written scripts. Particular emphasis will be given to the work of generating and revising writing and, to a lesser degree, for the screen.

ColWrit 134, The Craft of Poetry

1pm - 3pm

This two-unit creative writing course on poetry & poetics emphasizes an introduction to craft—how poems are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising your own original pieces generated for this class.


ColWrit 135 The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping & Performance

3pm - 5:30 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays

In this one-unit workshop, we will focus on strengthening skills in workshopping, selecting and publicly performing your creative writing. Composing, editing, and revising your works will also be an important emphasis. As a class focused on craft across genres, we will read a variety of strategies by published story writers, essayists, poets and playwrights. We will study performances by established and emerging artists, and develop a sustainable in-person and online writing community that you can rely on long after the three-week summer intensive has ended.

Note: ColWrit 135 meets T/Th and is worth 1 unit. You must be enrolled in one of the other classes to participate.