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Undergraduate Overview

Students holding class outdoors

Students meet for their course section outdoors on a nice day.

The undergraduate experience forms the heart of the Creative Writing Program. We offer nearly 100 courses a year, ranging from introductory workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to special projects such as Novel Writing Intensive, Young Adult Fiction, FIction into Film, and the Stanford Graphic Novel Project.

We host dozens of readings, one-day workshops, and events, giving students the opportunity to engage with published writers and explore their creativity beyond the classroom. Students looking to dive deep in creative writing can pursue capstone courses, such as the Levinthal Tutorial, the Hoffs-Roach Tutorial, advanced workshops, and courses with the Stein Visiting Writer and the Mohr Visiting Poet. 

There are three minor tracks for the undergraduate program: Prose, Poetry, and Fiction into Film. Almost all of our courses fulfill the Creative Expression Ways requirement for undergraduate education. Additionally, Creative Writing offers Creative Expression in Writing, a three-unit course that also fulfills the Creative Expression Ways requirement. 

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English major with a Creative Writing emphasis

Visit the English department website for information about the major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, drop by our advising hours, or visit us in our office: Building 460 (Margaret Jacks Hall, in the front wing of the quad), Room 223.

Recent Books by Former Undergraduate Students

Christina Li
Emily Layden
Anthony Veasna So