Beginning in the academic year 2020-21, the Department of English will offer a Minor in Creative Writing to all undergraduates across the UCI campus. From the academic year 2020-21 onwards, the Minor will replace the Emphasis in Creative Writing. Please refer to the following page for more information on the Creative Writing Minor.

About the Emphasis

The Department of English provides an Emphasis in Creative Writing which can be added to a Bachelor’s Degree. The Emphasis consists of 4 courses (16 units) and a final Completion Portfolio of original writing. Students who complete the Emphasis receive a letter of completion from the Department of English.

The Emphasis in Creative Writing provides students with opportunities to develop original fiction and poetry informed by the close study of literature. In writing workshops - weekly guided discussions of their own work-in-progress - students sharpen their critical skills by giving and incorporating constructive feedback in order to engage in the crucial process of revision. Workshop classes are complemented by small seminars in which students analyze works of exemplary literary merit with a focus on craft, form, and technique. At the culmination of their coursework, students create a Completion Portfolio of their best writing that showcases their development. Through rigorous courses in a collaborative environment, students are empowered to embark on a lifelong pursuit of literature as writers themselves.

Students interested in pursuing the Emphasis should submit the online interest form and subscribe to the Emphatics listserv to receive information about the Emphasis. Students are also invited to contact the coordinator, Inez Tan (, if they would like to discuss their progress.