New MA in Creative Writing, tentative release for Fall 2021 roll-out, available here!
The M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing is a 30-unit course of study in the writing of fiction, poetry, or plays, with requirements evenly divided between writing workshops (9 semester hours), literature courses (9 semester hours) and Creative Process courses (9 semester hours). Also required is a creative thesis (3 semester hours). Our purpose is to foster the imagination, craft and opportunity of those who plan to be professional writers. M.A. Creative Process course topics include the following: Characterization, Contemporary Non-Fiction, Centering on Language, Elements of Playwriting, Experimental Fiction, Feminist Poetics, The Novella, and The Prose Poem. The M.A. degree offers students the opportunity to focus on ambitious, constructive exploration of creative written work; central to this exploration is the study of diverse works of literature. Since the M.A. degree is required for the Community College Teaching Credential in California, some students also apprentice themselves in the teaching of writing--as graduate instructional aids, volunteering for units within the department, or as workshop leaders in community organizations. Some of our students take the sequence of composition courses in the English Department in addition to their degree requirements (English Department Graduate Certificates).