Congratulations to our winners!

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

Gunnar receives the Dave Gitin Memorial Award; Zac receives the Ray Fabrizio Memorial Award. Both were nominated for this recognition by Henry Marchand, Creative Writing Instructor and Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program.

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

 Zac Buzza and C.W. Arvidson won the 2018 Halloween Writing Contest. Zac's story, "The Headmaster" and C.W.'s poem, "The Moon-Colored-Skin-Man" will appear in Scheherazade magazine, in print and online, to be published in late May 2019.



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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Novelist Nick Taylor, who writes historical fiction and (as T.T. Monday) mystery fiction, will discuss his work and the writing of fiction in general at a Guest Authors event in the Karas Room of the campus library (LTC) on March 14 at 6:00 PM. A question and answer session and boom signing will follow (Nick's books will be available for purchase at the event).

Tickets ($10) will be sold at the door, beginning at 5:30PM. Cash or check only for tickets, please. Books can be purchased with cash, check or credit card.

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.

Visit our YouTube page for videos of Guest Author events. And Follow MPC Creative Writing on Twitter!

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, 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 Fall Semester 2019, he will teach ENGL 31: Introduction to Creative Writing (TTh 12:30-1:45pm), and ENGL 54: Novel Writing (T 6:00-8:50pm). Brandi Kary will teach ENGL 53: Poetry Writing (W 6:00-8:50pm).

See the Schedule of Classes for details and registration information.

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



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, 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. (New Course! ENGL 55: Novel Writing II will soon be added to the existing 6 creative writing courses.)


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!

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

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