California Writing Programs


Our list of California writing programs includes college and university programs, but also include California based writing centers and classes for writers by non-profit groups. This collection is by no means a final list, the Writing Programs by State section is a work in progress.

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The University of Southern California in Los Angeles has an English program that includes a PhD track in Creative Writing and Literature.  There are also B.A. programs at USC in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. These are offered through the USC College of Arts, Letters and Sciences.

University of Southern California
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Department of English
Taper Hall of Humanities, 404
3501 Trousdale Parkway
University Park
Los Angeles, California 90089-0354

Long Beach City College offers course work in Creative Writing, Composition, and Journalism.

4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach CA 90808
(562) 938-4485

The Stanford University Program in Writing and Rhetoric is aimed at students across a variety of degree tracks. It’s designed to help prepare college students for the rigors of upper level undergrad and graduate work. There are three levels, one for freshman and sophomore year, with the third beginning once the first two levels are complete.

Program in Writing and Rhetoric
590 Escondido Mall
Sweet Hall, Third Floor
Stanford, CA 94305-3069

California State University in Fresno offers programs in Creative Writing and Communication, and also Print and Broadcast Journalism, which have writing-intensive sections as well as technical sections. There are undergraduate and MFA tracks. Contact CSU at:

5241 N. Maple Ave., Fresno CA 93740
(559) 278-4240

California College of the Arts offers undergraduate and MFA programs in Writing, and also a dual-degree that combines Writing with Visual and Critical Studies. CCA has two campuses; one in Oakland and one in San Francisco. Contact them:

San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-2247

Oakland campus
5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618-1426

California writing programs and colleges

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