Courses in Creative Writing

Courses That Satisfy the Creative Writing Requirements

Five approved upper-division courses are required, consisting of three courses in creative writing and two courses in literature. These courses may be taken in any of the departments that offer them. See Requirements.

Courses in both creative writing and literature are sometimes listed in the Berkeley Academic Guide under very general headings ("Topics in ________" or "Special Topics"). Students may be allowed to include courses that are not on the following list with approval of the Creative Writing Minor Faculty Adviser. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Faculty Adviser with documentary evidence to support the claim of course eligibility. Contact the Creative Writing Minor Student Academic Advisor at for more information.

To determine if a course from the list below is being offered during a specific semester, visit the Schedule of Classes.

NOTE: Three courses are required from this list. All of these courses must be taken for a letter grade.

African American Studies
156AC. Poetry for the People: Introduction to the Art of Poetry
158A. Poetry for the People: The Writing and Teaching of Poetry
158B. Poetry for the People Practicum
164. Spoken Word: Oral Tradition & Transformation from Poetry to Hip Hop, Standup & Beyond

Asian American Studies
173. Creative Writing

College Writing Programs
130. Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing
131. Introduction to the Craft of Creative Nonfiction
132. Introduction to the Craft of Short Fiction
133. Introduction to the Craft of Dramatic Writing
140B. Seminar-Workshop in Creative Writing
141. Seminar-Workshop on Creative Writing: The Novel
175. Players, Spectators & Fanatics: Writing on the Cultures of Sports

Creative Writing
120. Reading and Writing Poetry
130. Creative Prose

East Asian Languages and Cultures
115. Knowing Others, and Being Known: The Art of Writing People



141. Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, Etc.)
143A. Short Fiction
143B. Verse
143C. Long Narrative
143E. Playwriting
143N. Prose Nonfiction
143T. Poetry Translation Workshop
145: Writing Technology

Environmental Design
101A. Writing about Environmental Design: Short Compositions (3 or 4 units only)
101B. Writing about Environmental Design: Longer Compositions (3 or 4 units only)

Film and Media Studies
180. Introduction to Screenwriting
181. Screenwriting
182. TV Writing

139. Creative Writing in French

Native American Studies
150. Native American Narratives

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
139A. Fundamentals of Playwriting
139B. Playwriting


The Creative Writing Minor is offered by the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Undergraduate Division of the College of Letters and Science. The courses students take to satisfy the minor course requirements are offered by various departments around campus. If you have questions regarding the minor program and whether a course not on this list may be used for the minor, contact the Creative Writing Minor Student Academic Advisor at If you have questions regarding an approved course on this list, contact the department and instructor offering the course. The departments and instructors determine when their courses will be offered and who is eligible to take their courses.