Milken’s 7 - 12 Creative Writing Program is designed to:
  1. help students find their own authentic voices;
  2. create a unified and supportive community of writers; and
  3. help launch students into a variety of writing-related careers.
Through University of California approved core courses, student writing forums, interactions with professional authors and editors, electives, publications, student recognitions, and writing clubs, students are encouraged to write the stories and poems that speak to their deepest, most imaginative selves.
Our Creative Writing students experience, experiment, and share. In return, their work is supported, seen, and celebrated. Our program is unique among college preparatory Creative Writing programs in the nation; our very successful Creative Writing alumni are among its most vocal proponents.  


Sunday WordPlay Then & Now

Sunday WordPlay is a Sunday afternoon event series in which award-winning professional writers are invited to discuss and share their own writing experiences with our students. Sunday Wordplay can include lectures, readings, workshops, drama games, writing experiments, or any number of experiential and/or writing activities.

  • 2007: Diane Lefer, recipient of Mary McCarthy Prize for fiction, and Dan Jaffe, editor of With Signs and Wonders, An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction
  • 2008: Leo Cabranes-Grant, grand prize winner of the Playwriting Competition from Puerto Rico’s Institute of Culture
  • 2009: Mary Clyde, author of Survival Rates, and Jane St. Clair, professional songwriter
  • 2010: Gina Nahai, author of Sunday’s Silence
  • 2011: Gioconda Belli, author of Infinity in the Palm of her Hand
  • 2012: Tom Fields-Meyer, author of Following Ezra
  • 2013: Janet Sternburg, author of The Writer on her Work
  • 2014: Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
  • 2015: Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places
  • December 11, 2016: Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star.

Creative Writing Student Leaders Then & Now

  • 2003-2004 First Creative Writing Student Leader: Gabe Mizrahi
  • 2004-2005 CW Student Leaders: Jason Benhaim, Brianna Hendler, and Michael Martin
  • 2005-2006 CW Student Leaders: Thais Miller and Stephen Kahan
  • 2006-2007 CW Student Leaders: Loren Brindze and Jennie Arad
  • 2007-2008 CW Student Leaders: Zach Sharfman, Shira Epstein, and Karlie Braufman
  • 2008-2009 CW Student Leaders: Jeremy Simmons, Andrew Farkas, and Josh Kopel
  • 2009-2010 CW Student Leaders: Melanie Cohen, Tamara Pier, and Leah Steinberg
  • 2010-2011 CW Student Leaders: Celia Megdal, Lucas Fisher, and Jeremy Grey
  • 2011-2012 CW Student Leaders: Eliana Steinberg, Leah Gluck, and Asher Levy
  • 2012-2013 CW Student Leaders: Soraya Vaezi, Dani Glouberman, Zoe Shpiner
  • 2013-2014 CW Student Leaders: Lizzy Cohen, Marc Pakravan, Alison Rollman
  • 2014-2015 CW Student Leaders: Gabi Kamran, Dakota Rosen, Samara Wolpe
  • 2015-2016 CW Student Leaders: Naomi Gluck, Elle Melmed, Sammy Stolzenbach
  • 2016-2017 CW Student Leaders: Kayla Cohen, Aaron Feldman, and Shira Wilf.


Student Successes

Here are some of the students and alumni who have been published in magazines and journals:
  • Shira Wilf '17 in Fresh Ink for Teens
  • Jenna Fink '16 in Amazing Kids! Magazine and Germ Magazine
  • Kaile Applebaum '16 in Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • Drew Weisserman '19 in Germ Magazine
  • Aaron Salimon ’18 awarded 3 Gold Key Awards from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • Abby Zuckerman ’17 in Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • Kayla Pournazarian ’16 in Fresh Ink for Teens
  • Natalie Pashaie ’16 in Germ Magazine
  • Kayla Cohen ’17 in Germ Magazine
  • Jaime Monsher '16 in Germ Magazine
  • Elle Melmed '16 in Fresh Ink for Teens
  • Alexandra Freund '17 in Sippur
  • Maetal Gerson '17 in Fresh Ink for Teens; Grand Prize Winner of Norman Alexander Prize
  • Michael Schulman '17 in Sippur
  • Naomi Gluck '16 in Fresh Ink for Teens; Finalist for Norman Alexander Prize
  • Elle Melmed '16 in Sippur; Fresh Ink for Teens; Finalist for Norman Alexander Prize
  • Noa Rubin '16 in Sippur and Fresh Ink for Teens; Finalist for Norman Alexander Prize
  • Sammy Stolzenbach '16 in Fresh Ink for Teens; Finalist for Norman Alexander Prize
  • Alex Cohen '15 in Howl
  • Slater Girocco '15 in Sippur
  • Maya Haziza '15 in Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • Gabi Kamran '15 in The Jewish Journal; Honorable Mention, Scholastic Art and Writing Award
  • Chanel Peykar '15 in Navigating the Maze
  • Ryan Rastegar '15 in Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • Jordan Rosenblum '15 in Howl
  • Megan Taban '15 in BRICKRhetoric
  • Samara Wolpe '15 in The Write Place at the Write Time
  • Brandon Yeshoua '15 in Howl
  • Eliza Cohen '14 in FreshLit! Teen and GREYstone
  • Robert Gassman '14 in GREYstone
  • Marissa Greitzer '14 in FreshLit! Teen
  • Justin Kroll '14 in FreshLit! Teen
  • Allison Rollman ‘14 in Lunch Ticket (Antioch University)
  • Marc Pakravan '14 in FreshLit! Teen, GREYstone, and BRICKrhetoric
  • Anna Stern '14 in FreshLit! Teen
  • Ashley Yashar '14 in FreshLit! Teen
  • Hailey Katz '13 in Cuckoo Quarterly
  • Eliana Steinberg '12 in The Write Place at the Write Time
  • Jake Cohen '11 in Litter Box Magazine
  • Alexis Donitz '11 in The Scruffy Dog Review and The Battered Suitcase
  • Zohar Strugatsky '11 in Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • Chelsey Sobel '10 in The Write Place at the Write Time
  • Samantha Schmidt '09 in TeenInk

Creative Writers In the News

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School Information

Saperstein Middle School Campus
    15900 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
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    15800 Zeldins’ Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
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Milken School is a college prep private day school in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values. This Jewish Day School serves students in grades 7-12.

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