Creative Writing

Department of Literature, Journalism and Modern Languages

Storytelling. It’s a powerful form of communication that has been passed on for thousands of years, and from generation to generation.

If words spew from the recesses of your mind, gurgle out of your mouth and make your fingers jump rope on the keyboard, or hold you hostage until you write them down, you will find a home in the Department of Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages (LJML). Begin your story here.


PLNU offers a a writing major and minor. The Department of LJML believes that writers are born of readers, so you'll read writing that has become canonical in several lower and upper-division literature course.

Upper division requirements include courses in linguistics, grammar, editing, and creative writing courses in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and short story. Students will also learn about magazine production and concepts, mass media and electronic journalism.

Special Features

  • Opportunity to participate in prestigious internships, cultivating contacts and experience for students aspiring to write in technical, business, or journalism fields. Past students have interned with organizations such as CBS, the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Daily Transcript, Yahoo! News, as well as other local and national publications.
  • Professors are knowledgeable, published writers whose works have been appeared in scholarly journals such as French Studies, The Princeton University Library Chronicle, and The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, as well as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. With international invitations to lecture and submit papers, faculty members have presented at The University of London, UCLA, Princeton University, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Madrid, Spain.
  • Department faculty have received major national grants including several from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Fellowship Grant, and the Del Amo Foundation.
  • Opportunity to join the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Opportunity to work on staff for The Point Weekly, the annual yearbook Mariner, or Driftwood, a literary magazine.
  • The Annual Writers’ Symposium By the Sea, which has hosted such writers as Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Amy Tan, Rick Reilly, Kathleen Norris, Bill Moyers, Anne Lamott, Michael Eric Dyson, and Donald Miller.

Career Opportunities

  • Print or broadcast journalism
  • Reporter
  • Magazine editor
  • Photo journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Novelist
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Public relations
  • Publishing