Creative Writing

Creative Writing

The ability to write well is a highly valued specialization. Students skilled in this area find careers writing and editing not only in publishing companies and magazines, but in business, government agencies, and the creative arts. For three decades creative writing has been an integral part of the literary arts community at Pepperdine University. Today our creative writing program is at the center of a large and active community on campus and Pepperdine is proudly one of a few select universities that offer the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

Creative Writing Half

During our sequential course of study, students develop their talents in fiction, poetry, and writing for screen and television. In addition, our students sharpen their verbal and critical skills and develop a professional attitude about their writing. Our creative writing program is designed for students desiring careers as professional writers.

Minor in Creative Writing

A minor in creative writing offers students experience in the craft and analysis of writing, providing a strong foundation for professional and artistic lives in the literary arts.

Student Opportunities

Experiential Learning

Our proximity to Los Angeles offers a unique and impressive combination of opportunities for our majors, including internships at major talent agencies, major movie production studios, national television shows, and a variety of independent and commercial publishers. In addition to these outside opportunities, Pepperdine offers its creative writing students the chance to work on four University publications: Expressionists, our student-run literary magazine; The Graphic, our award-winning campus newspaper; Currents Magazine, featuring student articles about campus and Malibu; and Christianity & Literature, a national scholarly journal that explores how literature engages Christian thought, experience, and practice. Editorial internships in the journal office are also available.

Visiting Writers

Each year our students meet and talk with nationally known writers who offer experience and insight. Visiting Writers have included:

  • Maya Angelou
  • Carlos Fuentes
  • Tobias Wolff
  • Kay Ryan
  • Donald Hall
  • Robert Bly
  • Dana Gioia
  • Jorie Graham
  • W. D. Snodgrass
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Luci Shaw

Visiting Screen and Television Writers

With the development of our MFA in Writing for Screen and Television, we have brought celebrated screenwriters, directors, and actors to speak and teach courses at Pepperdine. These industry professionals have included:

  • Robert Altman: A Prairie Home Companion, Gosford Park
  • Morgan Freeman: Dark Knight, Million Dollar Baby
  • Tom Shadyac: Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Ace Ventura
  • Patricia Heaton: Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Randall Wallace: Braveheart, Man in the Iron Mask
  • Dick Van Dyke: Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis Murder
  • Amy Ephron: A Little Princess
  • Garry Marshall: Princess Diaries, Happy Days
  • Dean Batali: That 70s Show
  • Lester Holt: NBC Nightly News, Today Show
  • Chuck Slocum: Writers Guild of America West

Student Testimonials

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