Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop sticker

Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

International students who are non-native English speakers should have a TOEFL score of 100 or better

Course Materials: A list of student materials required for each course,
as well as purchase options, will be provided by May 1st

Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

AM Session(s) PM Session(s)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
10:00 – 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Thursday: 3:00 – 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Friday: Individual One-On-One Conferences (times will vary)

Please note: In addition to assignments and independent work, all courses have a morning and afternoon live class session. For students
joining from overseas, faculty will provide recordings of certain classes that can be watched a-synchronously at a more convenient time.
Participation, attendance and expectations for the course will be provided by your instructor.


New to creative writing, or haven't tried it yet? Experience the collaborative environment of a writing workshop. Get constructive feedback from peers, while also working one-on-one with instructors to hone your writing skills. Learn four different literary forms and analyze the literary techniques of accomplished authors in these forms. Through your own study and input from fellow workshop participants, you will learn to “read as a writer” and “write for a reader.” Above all else, this course will encourage you to experiment in order to define and refine your own voice.


  • Produce a portfolio of your own work, including a polished personal essay suitable for college applications
  • Experience the environment of a writing workshop

USC Summer Programs Creative Writing Workshop Photo AlbumTake a look at our photo album!

Topic of Study

  • Personal essay
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Flash fiction
  • Short story
  • Literary techniques of accomplished authors

My instructors were wonderful and very enthusiastic when it came to both the course as well as the overall program.

Summer Programs 2019 Student

article.entry-content {
padding: 0;