This one-credit course meets five Saturday mornings throughout the Fall semester. The purpose of this course is to give students a chance to develop skills as writers of fiction in a workshop setting. Several of the workshops are be conducted by writers visiting for the Cropper Writers Series; these have included Dorianne Laux, Li-Young Lee, James Tate, Chitra Divakaruni, Chang-rae Lee, Meena Alexander, Harryette Mullen and Mark Strand. Students are also required to read works by these writers and to attend public readings on campus. The Creative Writing Workshops provide an opportunity for students to exchange ideas and criticism and to interact with preeminent contemporary writers.

Admission to the course is limited. For further information, contact Dr. Peter Kanelos: [email protected].



The University of San Diego Award for Creative Writing is awarded annually to undergraduates in recognition of achievement in the genres of poetry and fiction. Submissions are accepted in the Spring semester.

The winners for 2005-2006 are Stephanie Tran (fiction) and Kathryn Sullivan (poetry). Links to their work are below.

Link to short story Stephanie Tran Short Story

Link to three poems by Katherine Sullivan


For information on the U.S.D. Undergraduate Writers Club,
click here.