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Creative Writing

Resources for Fiction and Poetry students. This guide supports students in English 20, 20W, 136, 137, and 138.

Westwind: UCLA's Journal of the Arts

Westwind is UCLA’s only literary arts publication dedicated solely to publishing writing written by UCLA students, faculty and alumni. In addition, Westwind is also completely staffed by UCLA students. Westwind has been published annually at UCLA for nearly thirty years and will soon be available as an online quarterly. Although we do not subscribe to a particular style or point of view, Westwind is known for publishing cutting-edge, contemporary poetry and prose, and we at Westwind are proud of our commitment to publishing new, challenging and unconventional forms of creative writing. Westwind is a fresh, intelligent and uniquely personal magazine on the forefront of the diverse literary culture that exists at UCLA.

Click here to visit Westwind's homepage.

The Writer's Den

The Writer’s Den is a group of UCLA students who enjoy creative writing as both an academic and a recreational pursuit and are aware of the shortage of creative writing opportunities available to students in Los Angeles schools.

The Writer’s Den has two main goals:

To provide a forum for creative writers – Once a week during meetings, members come together and share their creative writing with one another. Students are given an opportunity to share their work with other students and hear honest feedback– no application process, just communication between fellow writers.

To teach creative writing to high school, middle school, and elementary school students – Once a week we go to Fairburn Elementary School, Columbus Middle School, and John R. Wooden High School. We believe creative writing is an important medium in allowing students to express their feelings and exercise their imaginations. At the end of the year, we give the students a tour of the UCLA campus and a bounded compilation of their class’s works.

For more information, see the group's Facebook page and blog!