Creative Writing Program


As Jodi Picoult says, "You can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page." 

Take a creative writing class this semester!

 

Grossmont College offers Southern California’s largest and best community college Creative Writing Program, with top-notch classes, nurturing workshops, and talented instructors to challenge you to sculpt your voice into the next wave of cutting edge literature. We offer courses tailored to different writing skill levels, writing and editing experience, and writing genres. You can also earn a Certificate in Creative Writing with your English degree. Our courses fall into several categories: general creative writing classes, workshop sequences, and production and editing classes. Being enrolled in a Grossmont College Creative Writing class provides you with exclusive opportunities to meet nationally and internationally renowned authors, participate in readings and literary events, publish your work, and even edit a literary journal.

 

Visit "About Our Program" to see our full catalog of workshops and courses.


2022 FALL READINGS SERIES

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WACC logoSponsored by WACC, the World Arts & Cultures Committee of Grossmont College

 

Click HERE to download our 2022 FRS flier: World Arts and Cultures Committee logo

 


All events free of charge and open to the public. Attend in person or by Zoom, or watch live-streamed. Advance registration required for participation via Zoom; please use the link the registration links provided for each event in the calendar below.


PARKING:

  • For our off-campus visitors, parking is free in all available spaces designated for use by students; permits are not required.

ACCESSIBILITY:

  • All Fall Readings Series venues are wheelchair accessible.
  • If you would like an accommodation for ASL interpreter services (on-site or Zoom) or you'd like Real Time Captioning for Zoom, CLICK HERE to submit a request to the Accessibility Resource Center's Interpreting/RTC Coordinator, Denise Robertson,  denise.robertson@gcccd.edu619-933-8191 c/text • Video Phone: (619) 567-4269.

Banned Books/Lives: author Lizz Huerta

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 7-8:15PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)
  • Register for this event: tinyurl.com/2lkfhbvr 

poet Diana Marie Delgado

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7-8:15PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)
  • Register for this event: tinyurl.com/2mcmaoyj 

Lester Bangs Memorial Faculty Reading

  • Thursday, November 10, 12:30-1:45PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)
  • Register for this event: tinyurl.com/2lv2t7yj 

New Voices: A Student Reading

  • Monday, December 5, 2022, 7-8:15PM, Room 220, Bldg. 26
  • Register for this event: tinyurl.com/2o3236cs 

For more information about our Fall Readings Series events, including registration links, visit grossmont.edu/frs


FALL 2022 CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

 

ENGL 126: INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING

Tues/Thur 11:00 - 12:15 P.M., 3.00 cr., with Kate Sayer

Online, 3.00 cr., with Julie Cardenas

 

ENGL 130-133: SHORT FICTION WRITING I-IV

Wed 7- 9:50 PM, 3 cr., with Enrique Cervantes

 

ENGL 140-143: POETRY WRITING I-IV 

Tues/Thur 2-3:15 PM, 3 cr., with Adam Deutsch

 

ENGL 145-148: ACORN REVIEW: EDITING AND PRODUCTION I-IV

Online, 3 cr., with Julie Cardenas

 

ENGL 175-178: NOVEL WRITING I-IV 

Mon 7-9:55 PM, 3 cr., with Rich Farrell

About Registering...

The single most important show of support you can give the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program is to fill our classes and keep our workshops thriving. Whether it’s weeks before the semester starts or weeks before it ends, less than robust enrollment can cause what is potentially the most important and inspiring class you might ever take to be put in the cross-hairs for cancellation. Safeguard these courses and your chances to work with some of the best creative writing instructors in San Diego. Invite a friend and hold your seats by registering early.

 


Our Mission

The mission of the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program is to serve and engage students, faculty, and the community actively through a rich variety of readings and other literary events, and to cultivate a diverse literary community that celebrates and promotes writing for the vital role it holds in our culture.

 

We also host the The Literary Arts Festival, conducted annually at the end of April's "National Poetry Month," a week-long calendar of events celebrating authors and the transformative power of creative writing in all its diverse forms. Each year, the Creative Writing Program hosts award-winning writers as one-of-a-kind,  free-of-charge opportunities to experience literature beyond the page. All the details for 2022 will be available on this site!

 

Please consider donating to the Creative Writing Fund of The Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges to help the Creative Writing Program promote literary arts through continued sponsorship of opportunities and events like the Literary Arts Festival. Visit "Foundation Giving" right now to securely make a tax deductible charitable contribution. Your support helps us open up worlds of creativity to our students and community. Thank you!

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