Summer Creative Writing Workshops

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

July 6 - 24, 2020

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.

Berkeley Students: Two 3-week creative writing courses count as one course for the Creative Writing Minor.

Program Overview

Classes meet five days a week, mornings and/or afternoons for three weeks during Session D (July 6-24, 2020; now called session F). Enrollment open.""

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 2020, 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 are forthcoming or have appeared in Harvard Review, 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.

Chisako Cole, MA, The Craft of Creative Nonfiction

Chisako Cole has taught composition and research writing at UC Berkeley for many years. Her focus in creative nonfiction writing involves fieldwork and ethnographic research into local communities and social infrastructures, exploring urban spaces as cultural capitals, but also as spaces of vast social and economic inequality. She encourages her students to hone their sensory perceptions to sharpen their listening, observation, interviewing and other related skills.

The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping & Performance

Joseph Horton, MFA

Joe Horton has an MFA from the University of Michigan. He has written for Ploughshares, and is Playwright in Residence for the Savio(u)r Theatre Company in London, England. During the academic year, he teaches at both UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

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.