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Spring 2019 Creative Writing Classes

ENGL 32: Creative Writing II

Section #0246

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 pm


ENGL 51: Fiction Writing

Section #0921

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50 pm


ENGL 52: Creative Nonfiction Writing

Section #0280

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45 pm

 For course descriptions, click "Creative Writing Courses" at left.

There are no pre-requisites for these classes. Eligibility for ENGL 1A is advised.


Creative Writing Instructor Featured in Monterey County Weekly

Click to read: Henry Marchand discusses Fiction Writing with the Weekly's Walter Ryce.

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 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 2019, he will teach ENGL 32: Creative Writing II (TTh 12:30-1:45pm), ENGL 51: Fiction Writing (T 6:00-8:50pm) and ENGL 52: Creative Nonfiction Writing (MW 12:30-1:45pm). See the Schedule of Classes for details and registration information.

Congratulations to our winners!

 Zac Buzza and Cody Arvidson won the 2018 Halloween Writing Contest. Zac's story, "The Headmaster" and Cody's poem, "The Moon Colored Skin Man" will appear in Scheherazade magazine in print and online (Spring 2019).

Alex Harvin-Barbudo and Alivia Peters 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 22 2018. Each received a certificate and a cash award intended to help pay for books their classes require.

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

Alivia 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.                   



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.

 Click for detailed Course Descriptions.


Meeting on Thursday 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. Joshua Converse is the club's faculty advisor.

In addition to discussion of club members' fiction, poetry, memoir, etc., meetings feature writing exercises and 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 only to currently enrolled MPC 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 the Friends of Marina Library Community Bookstore in Town Plaza on Reservation Road, 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:

Creative Nonfiction Author Susan Orlean; Novelist Tara Goedjen; Novelist Benjamin Percy; Creative Nonfiction Writer Jeff Maysh; 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; Comic Novelist Christopher Moore; Novelist Jennifer Gilmore; Poet Brenda Hillman; Poet Tess Taylor; Creative Nonfiction and Short Story Writer Peter Chilson; Novelist/Short Story Writer/Fabulist Aimee Bender; and Novelist Jane Smiley.


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