Our creative writing program focuses not just on the mastery of creative writing, but on critical reading and thinking skills that foster a more exemplary understanding of language. Pairing this skill-based education with social justice and community engagement training produces a well-rounded degree that prepares adult learners for a meaningful, rewarding, and creative career. Expand your skills in written and verbal communications, broaden your understanding of social and ethical issues, and solve the problems that leaders in your profession encounter every day.
Our Creative Writing concentration encourages students to explore literary expression in order to achieve greater proficiency in their own craft. AULA’s Creative Writing concentration is distinguished by its emphasis on the ethical import of language and story, attention to the socio-political context within which work is produced, and the role of the writer in society.
Undergraduate Creative Writing students explore the impact of writing in the world, navigate literature’s past and present, and dive into literary life in Los Angeles as readers and writers. At AULA, literature becomes interactive, an avenue for critical dialogue, reflection, and invention. Our exploration of writing extends beyond the classroom.
Students earn credit as editors of AULA’s online literary journal and as mentors for emerging writers who have not previously had access to education. In these ways, our students explore the dynamic between reader and writer, between what happens on the page and what happens in our communities, while gaining real-world experience that prepares them for the workplace as well as for graduate study.
BA students who major in Creative Writing can apply to AULA’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and if accepted Fast Track into the MFA Program, can shorten the time and investment required to complete the BA program by 18 units.
The Creative Writing concentration is available for undergraduate students pursuing a Liberal Studies degree as a major or minor area of concentration. Students must earn 40-80 units for a major area of concentration, and at least 20 units for a minor area of concentration; at least half of the major or minor should be upper division and include appropriately chosen core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor.
The core curriculum serves as a guide to students in the concentration for establishing a strong foundation in the history, theory, and practice of creative writing. The faculty strongly recommends that Creative Writing students take as many of the core courses as possible during their enrollment.
- The Art of Fiction
- Writing Poetry
- The Play’s the Thing: From Page to Stage
- Creative Nonfiction and Advanced Stylistics
- Advanced Multi-Genre Workshop in Creative Writing
- Critical Perspectives on Literature
- Writing as Resistance
- Issues in Literary Theory
- Varieties of Short Fiction
- Reading the Novel
- Journeys in Creative Non-Fiction
- Explorations in Literature: Reading Poetry
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.