The Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University was founded in 1998 by Professor Frances Payne Adler. We offer both a Concentration and Minor in Creative Writing and Social Action.
The Creative Writing and Social Action Concentration offers students the opportunity to deepen and advance their studies in creative writing and social action. The Concentration teaches depth in “writing as representation,” the bricks of this multicultural house we’re building. Social action writing is a form of critical inquiry and an act of social responsibility. It is writing that witnesses, breaks silences, and transforms lives.
Students with an HCOM major and CWSA concentration are well prepared to enter any career that values strong writing, cross-cultural communication, tech/media skills, community responsiveness, and creative and critical engagement with social issues. CWSA students have gone on to become poets, fiction or creative non-fiction writers; editors, journalists, law students, grant writers, Peace Corp workers, political organizers, coordinators of community-based and cultural arts programs, among others.
For more info: https://csumb.edu/hcom/concentrations
You acquire the creative, critical, visual, and cultural tools necessary to write poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and life stories. You do service learning around community writing projects, and collaborate with community partners.
The minor advances your creative writing craft, prepares you to more effectively express your creative ideas, and asks you to use writing to address social issues. It prepares you for careers in writing, editing, publishing, and social action.