Public Affairs, The California State University

Bringing Words to Life

By Stephanie Thara

Writing program at CSU Summer Arts Writers have the ability to construct words in ways that evoke emotions, bring characters to life and allow audiences to visualize places they have never been. The CSU hosts a variety of writing programs that tap into and enhance a student’s talent for expressing and creating compelling narrative with words.

At CSU campuses, future authors can learn the essentials of creative writing, screenwriting, dramatic writing, commercial and media writing, poetry, technical and professional writing, music composition and fictional writing.

In addition to learning from the experiences of CSU professors who specialize in English and writing, students can participate in summer workshops that are taught by world-renowned artists.

CSU Summer Arts, a systemwide program that provides workshops that support students in exploring their artistic creativity, hosts writing courses that help students learn the industry, work closely with established authors and craft life experiences into literary narratives. In fact, summer 2013 courses will focus on memoir writing, becoming a triple-threat writer (TV, play, screenplay), and writing fantasy for children and teens.

Through detailed curriculum and a creativity-generating atmosphere, the CSU has produced award-winning writers, including:

  • Anne Rice, San Francisco State: Author of international bestseller Interview with the Vampire
  • Amy Tan, San José State: Critically-acclaimed author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Sid Fleischman, San Diego State: Newberry award-winning author of The Whipping Boy
  • Daniel Silva, Fresno State: Best-selling author of thriller and espionage novels including The Unlikely Spy and The Defector
  • Joe Carnahan, Sacramento State: Wrote and directed films include Smoking Aces, Pride and Glory, and Narc