Creative Writing Instructor wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Me at Banned Books Read Out 2015Creative Writing Instructor Henry Marchand is MPC's 2017-2018 recipient of the Allen Griffin Teaching Award, given by the Community Foundation of Monterey County to outstanding educators at the county's secondary and post-secondary institutions.

The award recognizes sustained excellence in classroom teaching and positive impact beyond the classroom in the recipient's school, profession, and community.

Mr. Marchand created and teaches the MPC English Department's creative writing curriculum, along with Brandi Kary. He also directs the MPC Guest Authors Series and advises the Creative Writing Club, which publishes Scheherazade, the college literary magazine. He is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, with stories, essays, and articles published in anthologies and print magazines nationwide as well as online.

In Spring Semester 2018, he will teach ENGL 32: Creative Writing II (TTh 12:30-1:45pm), ENGL 51: Fiction Writing (MW 12:30-1:45pm) and ENGL 52: Creative Nonfiction Writing (T 6:00-8:50pm). See the Schedule of Classes for details and registration information.

Congratulations to our Creative Writing Award winners!

Artemis Seay and Pam Schierer were recognized for their outstanding work in Creative Writing classes at the Humanities Division's annual Book Grant Award Winners ceremony in the Karas Room of the campus library on February 23 2017. Each received a certificate and a cash award intended to help pay for books their classes require.

Artemis received the Dave Gitin Memorial Award; she was nominated by Creative Writing Instructor Brandi Kary.

Pam received the Ray Fabrizio Memorial Award; she was nominated by Creative Writing Instructor Henry Marchand.

The awards are named in honor of former creative writing instructors at the college.

Artemis Seay and Brandi Kary, Humanities Book Awards February 23 2017                    Pam Schierer, Henry Marchand, Humanities Book Awards February 23 2017



Tanya Fadem's poem, "Like Vines: A Response to The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo" will appear in the Spring 2017 issue of Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing.

Solid Ground, a novel by Jeff McKown, is available from Nine Star Press.

"the dirt and the bone," a poem by Brittany Winland, appeared in a recent issue of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Creative Writing Club President Ivan Garcia writes for The Monterey County Weekly's print and online editions. Here you can read his "Confessions of a Car Week First-Timer."

"The Quarry," a short story by former Scheherazade Managing Editor Marc Ferris, will appear in Last Outpost, an anthology of military-themed science fiction from World Weaver Press.

"The Guaxineau," another of Marc's stories, appears in the horror anthology Creature Stew.

"Chaos Eternal," a short story by Sam Patchin, appears in the Sediments literary journal anthology, A Haunting.

"A Rabbit Named Justice," by former Creative Writing Club President Sarah Goodman, appears in Issue 6 of Petrichor Review. Ms. Goodman is a graduate of Humboldt State University.

MPC Creative Writing instructor Brandi Kary has poems in The Homestead Review, Spring 2015 issue and in The Voices Project, Aug. 2015 issue. Her poetry has also been published in Flutter Poetry Journal, Calliope Magazine, and elsewhere.

MPC Creative Writing instructor Henry Marchand has been named Associate Editor for Fiction by The Flexible Persona, a magazine published in print and online. His own fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Cleaver Magazine, Penduline Press, Blue Monday Review and elsewhere.


MPC offers a 15 credit, 5-course, multi-genre Creative Writing Certificate program.

The program offers an immersion in writing that is both wide and deep, providing opportunities to study and practice poetry, short fiction, novel writing, writing for stage and screen, and creative nonfiction.

The writing workshop class format is used extensively, to create a supportive community of writers who assist each other in identifying where a written work is strongest, and where it could benefit by another look.

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Meeting on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 in HU105, the Creative Writing Club complements creative writing course work by providing yet another venue for discussion and exploration of writing, including your own written work. While students enrolled in creative writing classes can be expected to have interest in the club, membership is open to all MPC students, so members benefit by the presence of a wider community of writers.

In addition to discussion of club members' fiction, poetry, memoir, etc., meetings feature a 10 Minute Write, during which all in attendance free-write in response to a prompt. It's always surprising to hear the diverse creations that result, as those who wish to do so read aloud what they've produced. Meetings also include conversation about writing challenges, processes and styles

The club plans and conducts campus events each semester, including poetry readings and the annual Banned Books Week Read-Out and Book Raffle.

And then there's the magazine... 


Edited and published with the invaluable assistance of The Creative Writing Club, Scheherazade, MPC's literary magazine, accepts submissions of poetry, short fiction, short memoir, novel excerpts, graphic art, and photography from MPC students. Interested members of the club serve as editorial staff, reading and discussing submissions and helping to decide which will appear in the next issue. Students of the college do not have to be in the club or in any creative writing classes to submit their work; submissions are open to all currently enrolled students.

The magazine is published in print and online; see the club and magazine web pages for additional information.

Scheherazade is made available at the campus library reference desk, in the Administration Building's reception area, at area libraries, at Bookbuyers in Monterey and elsewhere. There is no charge for the magazine.

SCHEHERAZADE now accepts submissions year-round, online!



The Guest Author Series brings accomplished authors to MPC for public readings and discussion of their work, and to meet with creative writing classes and other writing-inclined students.

MPC Guest Authors Have Included:

Novelist Tara Goedjen; Novelist Benjamin Percy; Poet Ada Limon; Novelist/short fiction writer/poet/playwright/essayist Joyce Carol Oates; novelist/essayist Okey Ndibe; Novelist Micah Perks; Novelist Laurie R. King; Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland; Novelist Craig Johnson (the Walt Longmire mystery series); Comic Novelist Christopher Moore (Practical Demon-Keeping; The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove; Fool; A Dirty Job; and more); Novelist Jennifer Gilmore (The Mothers; Golden Country; Something Red); Poet Brenda Hillman (Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire; Practical Water; Pieces of Air in the Epic; and more); Poet Tess Taylor (Work & Days; The Forage House; The Misremembered World); Creative Nonfiction and Short Story Writer Peter Chilson (We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country; Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa; Disturbance-Loving Species); Novelist/Short Story Writer/Fabulist Aimee Bender (The Color Master; The Girl in the Flammable Skirt; The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake; and more); and the Monterey area's own Novelist extraordinaire, Jane Smiley (Private Life; A Thousand Acres; Moo; Horse Heaven; and more).


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