Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has forty-one creative writing schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in this group with a creative writing program, has a total student population of 34,824. It is the 10th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles). To learn more about creative writing programs in Fresno, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of creative writing professors at University of Southern California such as Laura Adler, Natasha Alvandi, Norah Emily Ashe, Kathleen Berens, Shelley Berman, and Diana Blaine.
Creative Writing students from Fresno schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 30 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $59,300. Writers and authors in this area earn $46,810/yr and there are 50 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by writers and authors, and 0/1000 are held by technical writers.
Of the 41 creative writing schools with a 500-mile radius of Fresno, only 21 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Otis College of Art and Design comes out as the most expensive ($33,550/yr) for creative writing students, with Grossmont College as the lowest, reported at only $3,021/yr.
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