University of California, Riverside

Gluck Program



Gluck Creative Writing Resources


Creative Writing Fellows offer workshops in different aspects of creative writing, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The Department of Creative Writing at UCR offers the only Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing in the University of California system and MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. It is a growing and dynamic program made up entirely of established writers and poets. Courses at UCR are designed for all students in the language arts, and they emphasize developing each student's skills and talents. Through writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction and/or drama, students examine language and meaning both as practitioners and as readers as they develop and hone essential writing techniques.

Every writer needs to develop a critical sense to augment creative ability. For this reason, the Creative Writing Department offers two types of courses. Workshop courses are seminars that focus on writing and on the discussion of student work. Reading courses for writers focus on aspects of literature presented from a writer's point of view. Frequently they employ writing in imitation as one of several approaches to understanding the craft of writing. Upper division workshop courses are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Several reading courses link two genres such as fiction and poetry, and poetry and drama.

Classroom Online Resources - Creative Writing

Writing Prompts / Graphic Organizers / Workshop Instructions / Lesson Plans

CW1 Nothing Was Ugly - A poetry workshop using creative language to make ordinary things beautiful

CW2 Add-a-Word Workshop - A one word at a time poem building workshop

CW3 i-Promise Joanna 3Bs Stop Bullying workshop - One hour long Stop Bullying workshop for 4-5th graders focusing on Bullies, Bullied and Bystanders. Inspired by former Poet Laureate of California, Professor Juan Felipe Herrera

CW4 Synesthesia - Writing the 5 Senses - Journal writing exercises to practice synesthesia

CW5 I Smell a Poem - exercises for using the sense of smell to write poems

CW6 Apples and Oranges - Using metaphors to convey experiences and emotions

CW7 Unlocking Memories - Using sketches, prompts and poetry to bring memories to life

CW8 Kitchen Table Time Machine - Writing about food to explore memoir writing

CW9 Create your own world - Prompts to encourage imagination of one's own world based upon Marco Polo adventures

CW11 Rhyme and Alliteration - A lesson plan for using rhyme and alliteration

CW12 Metaphors and Mango St. - a lesson plan for metaphor and simile using 'Hairs' from 'The House on Mango St'

CW13 Personifying Everyday Objects with Poetry - a graphic organizer for using personification

CW14 Invigorating Writing with Strong Verbs - a lesson plan and instructions for a class game to build verb vocabulary

CW15 Using the 4 W's to Create a Food Memoir - a lesson plan and graphic organizer for food-based memory narrative

Poems / Posters

CW10 Let's Build a Broccoli Treehouse - Maurisa Thompson - Vegetables and Poetry

CW10a Unity Poem - Juan Felipe Herrera, 2014

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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