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Summer creative writing course

Creative Writing

The Summer Creative Writing Institute offers students opportunities to write and share poetry and fiction under the guidance of a highly accomplished faculty member. At the same time, students will enjoy Paris life and culture while becoming steeped in some of its great literary legacy.

Throughout its history, Paris has inspired writers from France and around the world, often providing a refuge from the intolerance, censorship, or the parochialism of their home countries. Paris is, and always has been, a place of literary salons and lively gatherings of artists and writers in cafés. Amid social and political upheaval, revolutionary approaches to literary form and subject matter have emerged more often from Paris than from any other metropolis, reflecting life in the throes of a modernizing world. The towering figures of French literature such as Hugo, Zola, Balzac, Baudelaire, and Apollinaire all took Paris as their subject, and the preeminence of the written word and the artistic spirit of Paris attracted foreign writers including Stein, Joyce, Hemingway, Beckett, Miller, Baldwin, Rhys, and Wright, to name a few.

Visiting students enrolled in the Summer Creative Writing Institute select a single writing workshop in Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction. The three creative writing workshops are designed to help students to read their own work objectively, develop a critical vocabulary, and work deeply on issues of craft. Workshops meet three and a half hours per day, four days a week, allowing three-day weekends for writing, travel, and tourism.

One evening per week, students will attend readings and question-and-answer sessions with inspiring authors. The event evenings also unite the full group of creative writing students to enjoy informal discussion and refreshments. The combination of workshops and evening events make up four transferable academic credits for those who are coming from other universities. For AUP students, these courses can be applied to the B.A. in Creative Writing or the Creative Writing minor. Lower fees are available to auditors.

During the day, students benefit from the University’s library, common spaces, student café and, of course, the richness of the surrounding 7th arrondissement. Bordered by the Seine to the north, the Eiffel Tower to the west, and Les Invalides to the east, the septième is among the most enchanting and elegant of Paris neighborhoods, offering a rich array of restaurants, cafés, stores, and public spaces that, in the height of summer, show Paris at its best.

A large variety of AUP’s own cultural excursions provides students with organized opportunities to experience Paris and France. Students wishing to travel independently will find a wealth of advice available through the Cultural Programs Office.

Creative Writing Institute 2022 Travel Stipend Competition

This year we are pleased to offer two competitive travel stipends of up to €500 each to outstanding Creative Writing Institute students. To be considered, in addition to your completed summer application, please submit the following supplemental materials via email to admissions :

  • A sample of your creative writing: for fiction writers please include between 5 and 10 pages of your work, and for poets, between 3 and 5 poems
  • A paragraph explaining how this three-week intensive course in Paris might help you develop as a writer

All students who wish to be considered for the travel stipends must submit their applications by March 31, 2022. Winners will be announced in early April.

Travel stipends must be used for legitimate travel expenses that students incur in reaching Paris and will be disbursed only after students have completed their travel. Travel stipend recipients must retain and furnish all original receipts, boarding passes, train tickets, etc for their stipend to be processed.


Click on the course you would like to take, to view the individual dates and times under the header “schedule.” Pick from any of the courses below. Your choice is not limited to one category.

Summer Creative Writing Workshops

Our unique three-week programs offer aspiring, practicing, and experienced creative writers a community in which to create and connect.

All interested students are welcome! You do not need to be a Berkeley student to enroll.

July 5 – 22 and July 25 – August 12, 2022

Program Overview

Classes meet either face to face or online. When registering, be sure you enroll for the format you prefer.

You can take daily creative writing classes in short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. You also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop that teaches you to present your work and listen and critique the creative writing of others. And, most of all, you will meet and socialize with like-mided creative writers and faculty.

Berkeley Students: Two 3-week creative writing courses count as one course for the Creative Writing Minor.


The following four classes meet Monday through Friday and are worth 2 units.

This course in creative writing focuses on the craft of reading and writing creative nonfiction. The course emphasizes an introduction to craft—how creative nonfiction is generated, what its elements are, and how finished pieces work—which students will explore through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising their own short pieces.

This two-unit creative writing course on the short story emphasizes an introduction to craft—how short stories are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers and through writing and revising your own original pieces generated for this class.

College Writing N133 is a creative writing course offering an introduction to the craft of dramatic writing through the study of works by professional playwrights and through composition and revision of your own playscripts. You will come to understand dramatic writing as an art and as a set of skills; you will receive an introduction to some of the elements involved in the creation of written scripts. Particular emphasis will be given to the work of generating and revising writing and, to a lesser degree, for the screen.

This two-unit creative writing course on poetry & poetics emphasizes an introduction to craft—how poems are created, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which you will explore through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising your own original pieces generated for this class.

This is a practical and personalized class that will help writers workshop and perform their creative work. Open to multiple genres–fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry–we will discuss how to ask good questions to and integrate feedback from peers in workshop. We will help you revisit your work and produce a sustainable revision process for yourself. We will discuss how to select your work for public reading and presentation, and we will practice effective performance strategies. Above all, the class will be tailored to support your goals through individual consultation with the instructor.

*Note: ColWrit 135 is worth 1 unit and meets twice a week.

Faculty, Summer 2022

Our faculty are experienced instructors of creative writing as well as published authors. For summer 2022, our faculty will include:

Tory Adkisson, MFA

The Craft of Poetry
(Session E: July 25-August 12)

Tory Adkisson explores nature, masculinity, Judasim, and queer identity in his poetry. He is the author of The Flesh Between Us (SIU Press 2021), winner of the Crab Orchard Series Open Book Competition with individual poems appearing in journals such as Boston Review, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Barrow Street, while his criticism and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus and Ploughshares. He’s currently working on a second manuscript of ekphrastic poems centered around the homoerotic imagery of Japanese photographer Hosoe Eikō.

Joe De Quattro, MFA

The Craft of Short Fiction
​(Session F: July 5-22)

Joe De Quattro is an American fiction writer with new fiction in the 2022 issue of The Ganga Review. His story “The Thief of Oakland Hills” is forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Issue 76, 2022. Other stories have appeared recently in Beloit Fiction Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, among many others. His first fiction publication, “Angus in Extremis”, appeared in San Francisco’s Oyster Boy Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2015, Joyce Carol Oates selected his story “What Things, These Things, Stir the Heart” as a finalist for december magazine’s Curt Johnson Fiction Award. He has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College, and has taught writing at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA, and at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

Read “The Muslim Car,” by Joe De Quattro in the Los Angeles Review.

Miriam Bird Greenberg, MFA

The Craft of Poetry
(Session E: July 25-August 12)

Miriam Bird Greenberg is a poet with a fieldwork-derived practice. The author of In the Volcano’s Mouth, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, her work has appeared in Granta, Poetry, and the Kenyon Review. She’s currently completing a hybrid-genre manuscript about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions, and in the past has written about nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America’s margins. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she’s also held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Poetry Foundation.

Read Miriam Bird Greenberg’s poem, “Brazilian Telephone.”

Joseph Horton, MFA

The Craft of Creative Writing: Workshopping & Performance
The Craft of Dramatic Writing
​(Session E: July 25-August 12)

Joe Horton has an MFA from the University of Michigan. He has written for Ploughshares, and is Playwright in Residence for the Savio(u)r Theatre Company in London, England. During the academic year, he teaches at both UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

Belinda Kremer, MFA

The Craft of Poetry
​(Session F: July 5-22)

Belinda Kremer is a poet who has since 2005 served as the poetry editor of Confrontation: The Literary Magazine, which has published continuously since its inception in 1968. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as Calyx and FENCE, and in her full-length book DECOHERENCE: Poems.

Mike Larkin, MFA

The Craft of Short Fiction
​(Session F: July 5-22)

Michael Larkin’s fiction and nonfiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, been featured as “Notable Reading” in the Best American Nonrequired Reading series, and have appeared in publications such as Harvard Review, The Missouri Review, Arroyo Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and Writing on the Edge, among others. He has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where he has taught for the past two decades.

Read Mike Larkin’s “Lunch with Borges” at the Harvard Review.

John Levine, MFA

The Craft of Dramatic Writing
​(Session F: July 5-22)

John Levine’s plays have been workshopped and produced throughout the U.S. —from California to New York, from Texas to Alaska. International productions include Canada, Mexico, India, Australia, the Philippines and the U.K. His work has also been published in a number of anthologies.

Eric Longfellow, PhD

The Craft of Short Fiction
(Session F: July 5-22)

Eric Longfellow is a fiction writer with a Ph.D. in English/creative writing. His previous work can be found in The Millions, The Rumpus, and CutBank Literary Magazine among other places. In addition to his own creative endeavors, he spent a number of years working in the publishing industry gaining editorial experience with Dalkey Archive Press and FC2.

Read Eric Longfellow’s “All Accounts and Mixture” at CutBank Literary Magazine.

Kaya Oakes, MFA

The Craft of Creative Nonfiction
​(Session F: July 5-22)

Kaya Oakes teaches is the author of four books, most recently including The Nones Are Alright (Religion News Association best books finalist), Radical Reinvention, and Slanted and Enchanted (San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book). Her fifth book, on women who don’t fit in, is forthcoming in 2021. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New Republic, Slate, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Sojourners, On Being, and many other publications. She is also a senior writer at Religion Dispatches, a contributing editor at Killing the Buddha, and a staff writer at America magazine. In 2016, she was among a group of international writers who traveled to the Vatican to study reporting on religion in politically tumultous times. At Berkeley, she was the recipient of an innovation grant and a faculty fellowship from the Mellon Faculty Institute for Undergraduate Research, and a Lecturer Teaching Fellowship. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has done postgraduate work in writing and education at Berkeley.

Matthew J. Parker, MFA

The Craft of Creative Nonfiction
​(Session F: July 5-July 22)

The Craft of Short Fiction
​(Session E: July 25-August 12)

A born iconoclast, Matthew J. Parker took a hard left at the requisite right angle to reality. Becoming grounded again involved years of yoyoing through the confined spacetime of the American justice system. His first book–Larceny in My Blood–has a subtitle that sums it up nicely: “A memoir of Heroin, Handcuffs, and Higher Education.” Published soon after his graduation from Columbia’s prestigious MFA program, his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Courier Newsroom, The Baltimore Sun, Guernica, The Rumpus, Blavity, The East Valley Tribune, and Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, among others.

Read Matthew Parker’s “Wanting to Kill,” published in the New York Times.


SPECIAL APPROVAL: If you TAKE TWO* of the following creative writing courses offered by the College Writing Programs Summer Creative Writing Workshops, the two courses together, which will total three or four units, may SATISFY ONE of the three creative writing course requirements:

COLLEGE WRITING N131 – Section 001 and Section 003: Creative Non-Fiction: Cultural Critique (2 units)

COLLEGE WRITING 134 – Section 001 and Section 003: The Craft of Poetry (2 units)

COLLEGE WRITING 135 – Section 001 and Section 003: The Craft of Creative Writing – Workshopping & Performance (1 unit)

* If you take only one of the above courses, it will not satisfy a creative writing course requirement for the minor.

TO FIND APPROVED LITERATURE COURSES OFFERED DURING SUMMER 2022, compare the approved list of literature courses on the Creative Writing Minor website with the Summer Sessions 2022 Course Offerings.

Found an upper-division, three- or four-semester unit course you would like reviewed as a creative writing or literature course for the minor? Make sure the course is clearly creative writing (not expository writing) or literature focused. Then, send your documentary evidence, often a course description and syllabus, to [email protected]

Remember all courses you take for the minor must meet the minor requirements too.

Questions regarding a course? Contact the department offering the course or the instructor teaching the course.

Questions regarding the minor program? Contact Laura Demir at [email protected]