In their four years in CW, Literary Arts students work closely with Artists-in-Residence — working writers representing a variety of genres. Students study and write fiction, poetry, and playwriting, and present their work publicly in shows and readings on the Asawa SOTA Main Stage and in venues around the city. The students serve as each other’s primary colleagues and partners in the process of artistic creation. 


Literary Arts I students (generally freshmen and sophomores) spend much of their time working directly with Heather Woodward, Program Director. 



After writers have mastered some of the craft basics, they move into Literary Arts II, an advanced course taught by CW Associate Director Maia Ipp and Writers-in-Residence.  

Before graduating, all Literary Arts students complete a Senior Thesis, an important component of the CW program. Working under the individual mentorship of an established writer in the community, each senior C-dub will produce a manuscript of substantial length that demonstrates the writing skills developed while in SOTA Creative Writing. The manuscript can be a collection of poems or short stories, a play, a novella or novel. Students design and create chapbooks or other publications as the culmination of their thesis, the release of which we celebrate with a reading.