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Creative Writing Courses

Sydney BrownSydney Brown
Creative Writing Prog. Coordinator
619-644-7523, Office 52-564B
sydney.brown@gcccd.edu

A creative writing class may be one of the last places you can go where your life still matters.—Richard Hugo

The Creative Writing Program at Grossmont College fosters the development of creative writers at all skill levels in a supportive, professional, and dynamic atmosphere. It is our mission to serve and engage students, faculty, and the community actively through a rich variety of readings and other literary events that are always free and open to the public. The Creative Writing Program seeks to cultivate a diverse literary community and to celebrate and promote literature and its role in our culture. Download our brochure (at right) for more details about our events, activities, scholarships, faculty, and literary opportunities.

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Introductory Level Creative Writing

ENGL 126: Creative Writing
3 cr., 3 hrs. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C3. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Prerequisites: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 110 or assessment for English 120 or equivalent.

Corequisite: None.

Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 120.

Description: Introduction to the craft of creative writing through study and analysis of the works of established, contemporary, and peer writers. Students will write short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama and use the workshop method and instructor feedback to evaluate and revise work. Opportunity for inclusion in student readings, college literary publications, and other web venues

Short Fiction Writing

ENGL 130: Short Fiction Writing I
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 110 or equivalent or assessment recommendation for English 120.

Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 126 or equivalent.

Description: The first in a four-course sequence, this class is designed to familiarize students with the study, analysis, and application of fundamental tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary authors of fiction. By composing and submitting original short fiction, students learn to use the writers' workshop to develop their skills as critics and writers of fiction. Students have opportunities for recognition and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 131: Short Fiction Writing II
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 130 or equivalent.

Description: The second in a four-course sequence, this intermediate level class is designed to further skill development in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, principles, and forms used by established and contemporary authors of short fiction. By composing and submitting original short fiction, students use the writers’ workshop to further develop competency as critics and writers of short fiction. Students have opportunities for recognition, publication and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 132: Short Fiction Writing III
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 131 or equivalent.

Description: The third in a four-course sequence, this advanced level class is designed to expand student proficiency in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, and forms used by established and/or contemporary writers of short fiction. By composing and submitting original works of short fiction, students use workshop to deepen their skills as critics and emerging authors of short fiction. Students have opportunities for publication and public readings of their own work. ENGL 133: Short Fiction Writing IV 3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit. Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 132 or equivalent. Description: The final of a four-course sequence, this mastery-level class is designed to strengthen student expertise in the study, analysis and application of the tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary short fiction authors. By crafting and submitting original short fiction, students use the writers' workshop to refine their skills as critics and authors of short fiction, as well as explore markets for publication. Students have opportunities for performance, publication of their own work, and special projects.

Creative Nonfiction Writing

ENGL 134: Creative Nonfiction Writing I
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C2. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 110 or equivalent or assessment recommendation for English 120.

Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 126 or equivalent.

Description: The first in a four-course sequence, this class is designed to familiarize students with the study, analysis, and application of fundamental tools, techniques, and forms used by contemporary and established creative nonfiction practitioners. By composing and submitting original creative nonfiction, students learn to use the writers' workshop to develop their skills as critics and writers of creative nonfiction. Students have opportunities for recognition and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 135: Creative Nonfiction Writing II
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C2. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 134 or equivalent.

Description: The second in a four-course sequence, this intermediate level class is designed to further skill development in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, principles, and forms used by established and contemporary authors of creative nonfiction. By composing and submitting original creative nonfiction, students use the writers’ workshop to further develop competency both as critics and writers of creative nonfiction. Students have opportunities for recognition, publication and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 136: Creative Nonfiction Writing III
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C2. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 135 or equivalent.

Description: The third in a four-course sequence, this advanced level class is designed to expand student proficiency in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, and forms used by established and/or contemporary writers of creative nonfiction. By composing and submitting original works of creative nonfiction, students use workshop to deepen their skills as critics and emerging authors of creative nonfiction.  Students have opportunities for publication and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 137: Creative Nonfiction Writing IV
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C2. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 136 or equivalent.

Description: The final of a four-course sequence, this mastery-level class is designed to strengthen student expertise in the study, analysis and application of the tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary creative nonfiction authors. By crafting and submitting original creative nonfiction, students use the writers' workshop to refine their skills as critics and authors of creative nonfiction, as well as explore markets for publication. Students have opportunities for performance, publication of their own work, and special projects.

Poetry Writing

ENGL 140: Poetry Writing I
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: None Recommended Preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 126 or equivalent.

Description: The first of a four-course sequence, this class is designed to familiarize students with the study, analysis, and application of the fundamental tools, techniques, and forms of poetry used by established and contemporary poets. By composing and submitting original poems, students learn to use the writers’ workshop to develop their skills as writers and critics. Students have opportunities for recognition and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 141: Poetry Writing II
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 140 or equivalent.

Description: The second of a four-course sequence, this intermediate level class is designed to further skill development in the study, analysis, and application of the tools, techniques, and forms of poetry used by established and contemporary poets. By composing and submitting original poems, students use the writers’ workshop to further develop competency as critics and writers of poetry. Students have opportunities for recognition, publication, and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 142: Poetry Writing III
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 141 or equivalent.

Description: The third of a four-course sequence, this advanced level class is designed to expand student proficiency in the study, analysis, and application of the tools, techniques, and forms of poetry used by established and contemporary poets. By composing and submitting original poems, students use the writers’ workshop to deepen their skills as critics and emerging poets. Students have opportunities for publication and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 143: Poetry Writing IV
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 142 or equivalent.

Description: The final of a four-course sequence, this mastery-level class is designed to strengthen student expertise in the study, analysis, and application of the tools, techniques, and forms of poetry used by established and contemporary poets. By crafting and submitting original poems, students use the writers’ workshop to refine their skills as critics and poets, as well as explore avenues for publication. Students have opportunities for publication, public readings of their own work, and special projects.

Acorn Review Literary Magazine

ENGL 145: The Acorn Review: Editing and Production I
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: None Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 126 or equivalent.

Description: The first in a four-course sequence, this course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental tools of reading, selecting, editing, proofreading, and arranging student manuscripts for publication in the Grossmont College student literary journal.

ENGL 146: The Acorn Review: Editing and Production II
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 145 or equivalent.

Description: The second in a four-course sequence, this intermediate level class is designed to further skill development in the reading, selecting, editing, proofreading, and arranging of student manuscripts for publication in the Grossmont College student literary journal.

ENGL 147: The Acorn Review: Editing and Production III
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 146 or equivalent.

Description: The third in a four-course sequence, this advanced level class is designed to expand student proficiency in the reading, selecting, editing, proofreading, and arranging of student manuscripts for publication in the Grossmont College student literary journal.

ENGL 148: The Acorn Review: Editing and Production IV
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU. Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 147 or equivalent.

Description: The final of a four-course sequence, this mastery level class is designed to strengthen student expertise in the reading, selecting, editing, proofreading, and arranging of student manuscripts for publication in the Grossmont College student literary journal.

Drama Writing

ENGL 160: Drama Writing I
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 110 or equivalent or assessment recommendation for English 120.

Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 126 or equivalent.

Description: The first in a four-course sequence, this class is designed to familiarize students with the study, analysis, and application of fundamental tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary authors of drama. By composing and submitting original works of drama, students learn to use the writers' workshop to develop their skills as critics and drama writers. Students have opportunities for recognition and public reading/performance of their own work.

ENGL 161: Drama Writing II
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 160 or equivalent.

Description: The second in a four-course sequence, this intermediate level class is designed to further skill development in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, principles, and forms used by established and contemporary authors of drama. By composing and submitting original works of drama, students use the writers’ workshop to further develop competency as critics and drama writers. Students have opportunities for recognition, publication and public reading/performance of their own work.

ENGL 162: Drama Writing III
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 161 or equivalent.

Description: The third in a four-course sequence, this advanced level class is designed to expand student proficiency in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, and forms used by established and/or contemporary authors of drama. By composing and submitting original works of drama, students use workshop to deepen their skills as critics and emerging dramatists. Students have opportunities for publication and public reading/performance of their own work.

ENGL 163: Drama Writing IV
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 162 or equivalent.

Description: The final in a four-course sequence, this mastery-level class course is designed to strengthen student expertise in the study, analysis and application of the tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary dramatists. By crafting and submitting original works of drama, students use the writers' workshop to refine their skills as critics and dramatists, as well as explore markets for production and staging. Opportunities for publication and reading/performance of their own work

Novel Writing

ENGL 175: Novel Writing I
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 110 or equivalent or assessment recommendation for English 120.

Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “Pass” grade or higher in English 126 or equivalent.

Description: The first in a four-course sequence, this class is designed to familiarize students with the study, analysis, and application of fundamental tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary novelists. By composing and submitting original novel scenes, chapters and/or excerpts, students learn to use the writers' workshop to develop their skills as critics and writers of novels. Students have opportunities for recognition and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 176: Novel Writing II
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 175 or equivalent.

Description: The second in a four-course sequence, this intermediate level class is designed to further skill development in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, principles, and forms used by established and contemporary novelists. By composing and submitting original novel scenes, chapters and/or excerpts, students use the writers’ workshop to further develop competency as critics and writers of novels. Students have opportunities for recognition, publication and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 177: Novel Writing III
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 176 or equivalent.

Description: The third in a four-course sequence, this advanced level class is designed to expand student proficiency in the study, analysis, and application of tools, techniques, and forms used by established and/or contemporary novel writers. By composing and submitting original novel scenes, chapters and/or excerpts, students use workshop to deepen their skills as critics and emerging novelists. Opportunities for publication and public readings of their own work.

ENGL 178: Novel Writing IV
3 cr., 3 hrs. Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited). Meets all Title 5 standards for Associate Degree Credit.

Course Prerequisites: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 177 or equivalent.

Description: The final of a four-course sequence, this mastery-level class is designed to strengthen student expertise in the study, analysis and application of the tools, techniques, and forms used by established and contemporary novelists. By crafting and submitting original novel scenes, chapters, and/or excerpts, students use the writers' workshop to refine their skills as critics and novelists, as well as explore markets for publication. Students have opportunities for performance, publication of their own work, and special projects.

Last Updated: 12/28/2015

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