The Creative Writing Program at MPC offers intensive, inspiring classes in multiple genres.

ENGL 31: Introduction to Creative Writing and ENGL 32: Creative Writing II, will engage you in the reading and writing of poetry, fiction and more; single genre courses provide semester-long experiences of Fiction Writing (ENGL 51), Poetry Writing (ENGL 53), Creative Nonfiction Writing (ENGL 52) and Novel Writing (ENGL 54 and ENGL 55, Novel Writing and Novel Writing II). Click here for detailed Course Descriptions.

And classes aren't all we offer. Scroll down for links to information about the Creative Writing Club (open to all MPC students) and Scheherazade, the MPC literary magazine -- and don't miss the Guest Authors Series page!


Windsor Zachary Buzza is now attending CSU Fullerton, where he is majoring in Animation and continuing his work in creative writing.

Jeff Barnard is now attending Sonoma State as a student in their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Stephanie England and Windsor Zachary Buzza received the MPC Certificate in Creative Writing in Spring 2019. The Creative Writing Program thanks them both for their fine work as writers and as attentive, helpful readers of their fellow writers' work.

Gunnar Cumming and Windsor Zachary Buzza were awarded the 2019 Humanities Division awards in Creative Writing for their outstanding work in Creative Writing classes. Each received a certificate and a cash award intended to help pay for books their classes require.


MPC offers a 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, 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. (New Course! ENGL 55: Novel Writing II will debut in Spring 2021, adding to the existing 6 creative writing courses.)

Creative Writing Instructor wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Me at Banned Books Read Out 2015Creative Writing Instructor Henry Marchand received the Allen Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Community Foundation of Monterey County. 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 2020, he is teaching ENGL 32: Creative Writing II; ENGL 51: Fiction Writing; and ENGL 52: Creative Nonfiction Writing.

See the Schedule of Classes for details and registration information.

See Course Descriptions for more detail about individual Creative Writing classes.

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


Meeting on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 in HU105, the Creative Writing Club provides a supportive venue for discussion and exploration of writing, including your own written work. Membership is open to all MPC students.

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 also plans and conducts campus events, including 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, narrative nonfiction, novel excerpts, graphic art, and photography from MPC students.

Interested members of the Creative Writing Club serve as editorial staff, reading submissions and helping to decide which will appear in the next issue. Students 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, at the Monterey, Pacific Grove and Monterey Free Public libraries, at Bookbuyers in Monterey and at the Friends of Marina Library Community Bookstore in Town Plaza on Reservation Road in Marina, and elsewhere. There is no charge for the magazine.

SCHEHERAZADE now accepts submissions year-round, online!

  Scheherazade 7 2017

Issue 7 (2017). Cover Art by Lawrence Harris.

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