CSULA Department of English | Admission to the Creative Writing Option

To be admitted to the Creative Writing Option, students must
first apply and be accepted by the Graduate School at CSULA.

Once accepted by the University, students apply directly to the
Creative Writing Option in the English Department by first meeting
the requirements for admission to the Master's Program in English
and then by submitting a portfolio of their best creative work for
consideration by the department's creative writing faculty.

Students are admitted to the Creative Writing Option by the
department's creative writing faculty based on the strength of the
writing in the students' portfolios.

The Portfolio

The portfolio should contain:

  1. A maximum of 20 pages
    of fiction (one or two short stories, or a novel excerpt that
    includes a one-page synopsis),  or about eight pages of
    poetry.

  2. A description of the
    creative writing courses the student has taken, where and when
    they were taken, and with whom.

  3. A list of any
    publications or awards, with the date of publication or award.

  4. A one-page essay
    explaining why the student wants to pursue a graduate degree in
    creative writing at CSULA, what he or she hopes to get out of the
    time spent here, and what the student thinks he or she can
    contribute to the program.

All of the above documents should be typed or word processed
and double-spaced.

Please include your name, address, and telephone number, and
allow at least three weeks for a response. If you wish your
portfolio returned, please enclose a self-addressed stamped
envelope.