Creative Writing

Undergraduate Creative Writing students explore the impact of writing in the world, navigate literature’s past and present, and dive into literary life in Los Angeles as readers and writers. At AULA, literature becomes interactive, an avenue for critical dialogue, reflection, and invention. Our exploration of writing extends beyond the classroom.


Students earn credit as editors of AULA’s online literary journal and as mentors for emerging writers who have not previously had access to education. In these ways, our students explore the dynamic between reader and writer, between what happens on the page and what happens in our communities, while gaining real-world experience that prepares them for the workplace as well as for graduate study.

Core courses include:

  • The Art of Fiction
  • Writing Poetry
  • The Play’s the Thing: From Page to Stage
  • Creative Nonfiction and Advanced Stylistics
  • Advanced Multi-Genre Workshop in Creative Writing
  • Critical Perspectives on Literature
  • Writing as Resistance
  • Issues in Literary Theory
  • Varieties of Short Fiction
  • Reading the Novel
  • Journeys in Creative Non-Fiction
  • Explorations in Literature: Reading Poetry

Connect & Explore

Learn more about Creative Writing Concentration faculty member Alistair McCartney, MFA. See the AULA catalog for more information on the Creative Writing major area of concentration