Extracurricular Opportunities

Tuesdays, 4 - 6 PM in Waite Phillips Hall Room 202
Led by Diana Arterian and Chris Muñiz
The primary objective of this workshop is the fostering of a vibrant community of writers at USC by strengthening connections between the resources of the PhD Creative Writing and Literature program and undergraduates from across the university. PhD students lead extracurricular writing workshops, at which they read short stories, poems, and excerpts of longer pieces, and workshop student work. It is not a class: there is no homework and no criteria for participation save enthusiasm and dedication. The workshop offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about the writing process — generating new work, revising finished work, and submitting finished work for publication — with an overarching emphasis on awareness of the world, the word, and the connection between the two. Workshop participants interested in learning more about MFA programs and their application process will also find guidance. It’s a win-win for both groups: PhD students gain experience as workshop leaders and undergraduate students have the opportunity to become part of a dynamic literary community.
Gold Line Press publishes the annual winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition. The series is run by students and alumni of the University of Southern California’s program in Creative Writing & Literature.
Gold Line Press Website


Ricochet Editions is an imprint of Gold Line Press, and was founded in 2012. We do not run competitions – we publish 3 to 4 titles a year. These are selected from Gold Line Press' slush pile, as well as via calls for submissions which take place in the spring. Each member of our small team reads every submission Ricochet receives, and we then talk about the manuscript(s) that each of us hopes to bring to print. We are devoted to engaging in an extended author-editor dialogue and working with authors on their manuscripts. Our mission is to publish innovative, non-traditional, trans-genre, and/or genre-less works that have a hard time finding homes in journals, competitions, and with other publishers. We have published manuscripts ranging from small chapbooks to full-length books.
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WriteGirl, founded in 2001, is a creative writing and mentoring organization for teen girls in the Los Angeles area. Writegirl pairs professional women writers with girls for weekly mentoring & monthly workshops and we publish an anthology of our members' best work each year.
Writegirl Website
  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354