Creative Writing

Go from practiced to polished.

One of the nation's most prestigious open-enrollment creative writing programs.

Creative Writing at UCLA Extension

Whether you're looking to improve your writing for personal fulfillment, want to be published, or are preparing to apply to an MFA program, the Writers' Program offers creative writing courses, workshops, and programs that will help you achieve your goals. You'll also find a supportive community of instructors, academic counselors, and fellow students to help you on your journey.

Courses may be taken individually, or as a structured program of study. Develop professional creative writing skills in multiple genres of interest including poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and more with our 21-unit Certificate in Creative Writing. This customizable program culminates in a capstone project where you'll make significant progress on a polished collection of work.

We also offer a 3-course Short Fiction Specialization, which provides an intensive approach to both generating new work and revising it in the collaborative environment of a workshop.

Find a path that works for you.

My UCLA Extension coursework, teachers, and colleagues have shaped my writing life, fueled the creation of my novel, and provided continual inspiration.

Michael Sudmeier
Former Writers' Program student and Wyoming Arts Council fiction fellowship recipient
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