Creative Writing Schools In California

California has 27 accredited creative writing schools where creative writing faculty who teach creative writing classes can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in creative writing in the state of California, which encompasses creative writing training at the following levels:

  • Creative Writing Certificate
  • Associates degree in Creative Writing
  • Bachelors degree in Creative Writing
  • Masters degree in Creative Writing


Schools

  1. California Institute of Integral Studies

    1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103

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  2. California College of the Arts

    5212 Broadway, Oakland, California 94618-1487

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  3. University of California-Irvine

    Irvine, California 92697

    45 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  4. University of California-Riverside

    900 University Ave, Riverside, California 92521

    97 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  5. Chapman University

    One University Dr., Orange, California 92866

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  6. Claremont Graduate University

    150 E Tenth St, Claremont, California 91711-6160

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  7. College of the Desert

    43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260

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  8. Dominican University of California

    50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, California 94901-2298

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  9. Foothill College

    12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, California 94022

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  10. Grossmont College

    8800 Grossmont College Dr, El Cajon, California 92020-1799

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  11. Holy Names University

    3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, California 94619-1699

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  12. University of La Verne

    1950 Third St, La Verne, California 91750-4401

    152 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  13. Long Beach City College

    4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, California 90808-1706

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  14. Mills College

    5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, California 94613

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  15. National University

    11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037-1011

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  16. Notre Dame de Namur University

    1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, California 94002-1908

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  17. Otis College of Art and Design

    9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90045-3505

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  18. Pepperdine University

    24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90263

    55 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  19. Pitzer College

    1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-6101

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  20. University of Redlands

    1200 E. Colton Ave, Redlands, California 92373-0999

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  21. San Diego State University

    5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, California 92182

    164 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  22. University of San Francisco

    2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, California 94117-1080

    119 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  23. San Jose State University

    1 Washington Sq, San Jose, California 95192-0001

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  24. Saint Marys College of California

    1928 Saint Marys Road, Moraga, California 94556

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  25. University of Southern California

    University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089

    23 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  26. Berkeley City College

    2050 Center St, Berkeley, California 94704

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  27. Antioch University Los Angeles

    400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, California 90230-7615

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Cities

Statistics

Professional Trends

California Vs. National Creative Writing Employment

California 6,060
National 40,980

Approximately 15% of the country's creative writing professionals work in California state.

Employment Growth for Creative writing professionals In California

5,870 6,390 6,930 6,370 6,060
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

Creative Writing is a growing field in California. 190 more creative writing professionals were working in California in 2010, than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of creative writing has grown by 3% in California. This growth is slower than the national trend for creative writing professionals which shows a 5% decrease in the number of creative writing professionals working around the nation.

Creative Writing VS. All Professions salaries in California

$91,350 $91,130 $96,640 $87,600 $85,170
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Creative Writing
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by creative writing professionals is decreasing in California. The mean salary for creative writing professionals in 2006 was $91,350 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $85,170 per year.

Salary percentiles for Creative writing professionals in California

10th percentile
$35,240
25th percentile
$44,840
50th percentile
$63,310
75th percentile
$92,510
90th percentile
$121,710

This represents a 7% decline in salaries. State trends for all professions are quite different from this decline. There is a 245% pay differential between the highest paid creative writing professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of creative writing in California.

Average Salaries for Creative writing professionals and related professions in California

Communications
$56,800
Creative Writing
$85,170

In California, creative writing professionals earn, on average, more than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Creative Writing programs available for each degree type for all schools in California

associate
5
bachelor
9
master
17
doctor
0
Certificate
6
Total37

The number of students graduating from the 27 accredited creative writing schools in California is increasing. In 2006 there were 509 creative writing graduates from creative writing courses in California and in 2010 there were 655 graduates.

There was an increase in the number of creative writing school degree or certificate graduates in California by 29%. A majority of these graduates, or 46%, graduated with an master's degree in creative writing.

Creative Writing Faculty Salaries in California

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