Shifting the Paradigm – Creative Writing Specialization for undergraduate English majors

Inaugural Creative Writing Class with Maestra Moraga – Spring 2018

This specialization offers courses for students interested in developing an original creative voice and a critical intention in their imaginative writings. Students may explore a variety of genres, including: poetry; writing for performance; dramatic writing; testimonio; creative nonfiction; the memoir; short and long fiction; oral and community story-telling; digital expressions, and more.  Many of the courses will emphasize embodied practice on the road to writing, and will integrate discussions of the building blocks of ‘craft’ with larger discussions of social equity, the environment and globalization. The specialization is designed to respond to the specificity and diversity of the students across the UCSB campus, especially to the underrepresented emergent writer.

Faculty: Professors Batiste, Huang, Lim, Moraga (Specialization Director); Olguín, Rana, and Waid. The Creative Writing specialization is affiliated with Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice, where students are offered on-going conversations with visiting writer and artist practitioners and off-campus community-based learning opportunities.


Cherríe Moraga, Specialization Director – all genres.

Poetry – Shirley Lim, Yunte Huang, Ben Olguin, Swati Rana

Fiction – fiction writing courses may also be taken outside the department) 

Performance/Playwriting – Stephanie Batiste, Cherríe Moraga

Creative Non-fiction/Memoir – Cherríe Moraga, Candace Waid, Shirley Lim

Testimonio – Ben Olguin, Cherríe Moraga. 

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