Summer Creative Writing Workshops

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

You can take one or two daily 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 work of others. And, most of all, you will meet and socialize with like-minded writers and faculty.

Program Overview

Classes meet five days a week, mornings and/or afternoons for three weeks.""

Special events will include public readings and other social events.


Our faculty are experienced instructors 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.


Classes meet Monday through Friday and are worth 2 units.

ColWrit N131, The Craft of Creative Nonfiction

10am - 12pm

ColWrit N132, The Craft of Short Fiction

10am - 12pm

ColWrit N133, The Craft of Dramatic Writing

1pm - 3pm

ColWrit 134, The Craft of Poetry

1pm - 3pm

ColWrit 135 The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping & Performance

3pm - 5:30 pm

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