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.
27th Annual Literary Arts Festival
April 24 through 27, 2023
All LAF engagements are free of charge and available to the public. A
All events this year will be held on the Grossmont College campus but guests may use links provided to register for virtual attendance on Zoom. (In-person attendance will not require registration.) Visit individual events to register.
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Why Lit. Matters student panel
Mon., Apr 24, 2-3:15pm, Griffin Gate
(outer southwest corner of Student Ctr.)
story writer/poet Sonia Gutiérrez
Mon., Apr 24, 7-8:15pm, Griffin Gate
Tue., Apr 25, 11am-12:15pm, PVAC Lobby
(Performing and Visual Arts Center)
Tue., Apr 25, 7-8:15pm, PVAC
Wed., Apr 26, 12:30-1:45pm, Griffin Gate
Wed., Apr 26, 2-3:15pm, Griffin Gate
fiction author Tara Stillions Whitehead
Wed., Apr 26, 7-8:15pm, Griffin Gate
Moni Barrette, Graphic Literature and Social Justice
Thur., Apr 27, 12:30-1:45pm, Allied Health & Nursing Bldg. Lobby (Rm. 34-206)
Deaf writer, playwright, and gay poet, Raymond Luczak
Thur., Apr 27, 7-8:30pm, AHN Lobby
(Allied Heath & Nursing Building, Rm. 34-206)
ENGL 126: INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
section 7264 Distance Ed (Online), 3 cr., with Julie Cardenas
section 7263, M/W 2-3:15PM, Rm 51-577, 3 cr., with Daniela Sow
ENGL 130-133: SHORT FICTION WRITING I-IV
sections 7266-7269, W 7-9:50PM, Rm 51-584, 3 cr., with Enrique Cervantes
ENGL 140-143: POETRY WRITING I-IV
sections 7274-7277 Dist Ed (Online), 3 cr., with Karl Sherlock
ENGL 145-148: ACORN REVIEW: EDITING AND PRODUCTION I-IV
sections 4561-4564 Dist Ed (Online), 3 cr., with Julie Cardenas
ENGL 175-178: NOVEL WRITING I-IV
sections 1070-1073 Dist Ed (Online), 3 cr., with Rich Farrell
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.
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!