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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.

Creative Writing Program

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing two or more creative writing courses a student will:

1.

Create literary works, employing the elements appropriate to one or more

chosen genres, in an authorial voice that demonstrates authenticity, aesthetic

ability, and literary sensibility.

2.

Practice–at a high level of efficiency–the habits of a writer, including frequent

writing, revising, and reflecting.

3.

Read and infer like a writer, that is, recognize and analyze the dynamic

relationship between content and form in the literary works of classic,

contemporary, and new literary voices.

4.

Use skills as a critic to contribute to and benefit from a writers’ workshop.

5.

Value and support the local and greater writing community through attendance

and/or participation in various literary arts activities and performances

Why Take a Creative Writing Class

at Grossmont College?

There are as many good reasons to enroll in a Creative Writing class as there are stories and voices

to share, but participating in the structured and nurturing environment of our classes helps you

discover and cultivate your voice in a supportive atmosphere;

study the craft of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and/or drama writing with

diverse, experienced and qualified instructors;

share your writing with a variety of writers in dynamic writers’ workshops where

you will receive excellent constructive feedback;

work extensively in one genre for up to four semesters;

learn how to screen, organize, and submit work for publication: the Acorn Review,

as well as national and international literary journals;

refine your writing for submission to a publication or a Master of Fine Arts program;

apply units towards professional development;

become actively involved in the greater San Diego literary arts community;

form lasting connections and friendships with fellow writers.

Majoring in English with

an Emphasis in Creative Writing

Grossmont College is one of the few community colleges in California to offer an Associate Degree

with an English major that fulfills lower division requirements at most four-year colleges and

universities and thus provides a broad-based foundation for transfer.  Any student who completes

24 units in the courses for this major, and chooses to complete 6 additional units from our Creative

Writing Program's upper-level workshop courses (see below), qualifies for a Certificate of

Achievement in English–Creative Writing.  Note: All courses must be completed with a letter

grade of “C” or higher.

Select SIX (6) additional units from the following:

Subject/Number

Title

Units

English 130

Short Fiction Writing I

3

English 131

Short Fiction Writing II

3

English 132

Short Fiction Writing III

3

English 133

Short Fiction Writing IV

3

English 134

Creative Nonfiction Writing I

3

English 135

Creative Nonfiction Writing II

3

English 136

Creative Nonfiction Writing III

3

English 137

Creative Nonfiction Writing IV

3

English 140

Poetry Writing I

3

English 141

Poetry Writing II

3

English 142

Poetry Writing III

3

English 143

Poetry Writing IV

3

English 145

The Acorn Review: Editing and Production I

3

English 146

The Acorn Review: Editing and Production II

3

English 147

The Acorn Review: Editing and Production III

3

English 148

The Acorn Review: Editing and Production IV

3

English 160

Drama Writing I

3

English 161

Drama Writing II

3

English 162

Drama Writing III

3

English 163

Drama Writing IV

3

English 175

Novel Writing I

3

English 176

Novel Writing II

3

English 177

Novel Writing III

3

English 178

Novel Writing IV

3

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Total

6

Total Required

30

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who chooses to complete only those courses required for the English Associate Degree

with Emphasis in Creative Writing (i.e., 30 units) qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in English

—Creative Writing.  An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to

the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.  For more information about Majoring in English,

click HERE.

CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Creative Writing

Short Fiction Writing

Creative Nonfiction Writing

Poetry Writing

Acorn Review Literary Journal

Drama Writing

Novel Writing

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Have Questions?

For more information about the Creative Writing Program at Grossmont College, contact the

Program Co-Coordinators:

Sydney Brown

Karl Sherlock

619-644-7523

619-644-7871

sydney.brown@gcccd.edu

karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu

 

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