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Creative Writing at MPC is ONLINE this Fall

ENGL 31: Introduction to Creative Writing, Section 0356

Offered as an asynchronous class, with no regularly scheduled, mandatory whole-class meetings

This class fulfills a requirement of MPC’s Certificate in Creative Writing program and is transferable to CSUs. No prerequisite.

ENGL 54: Novel Writing, Section 1061

Offered as a synchronous class, meeting weekly online at 6PM, Tuesdays

This class is counted toward completion of MPC’s Certificate in Creative Writing program. No prerequisite.


Coming in Spring 2021

ENGL 55: Novel Writing II

Begin work on your novel this Fall and continue in the Spring

Novel Writing II is also open to those who took ENGL 54 anytime in the past!


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!

Congratulations to our students:

Baergan Vana is the latest recipient of the MPC Certificate in Creative Writing (Spring 2020) and the Humanities Division's Ray Fabrizio Award in Creative Writing (2020).

Levi Barich is the 2020 recipient of the David Gitin Award in Creative Writing, chosen by Creative Writing Instructor Brandi Kary for her outstanding work in ENGL 53: Poetry Writing and other Creative Writing classes. Levi is also a gifted photographer.

Windsor Zachary Buzza is now attending CSU Fullerton, where he majors in Animation and continues 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.)

Check the Schedule of Classes for each semester to see if classes are offered on campus or online.


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 Fall Semester 2020, he is teaching ENGL 31: Introduction to Creative Writing (Section 0356)  and ENGL 54: Novel Writing (Section 1061). Both classes will be online.

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.



The Creative Writing Club provides a supportive venue for discussion and exploration of students' writing. Membership is open to all MPC students. In Fall 2020, club meetings will take place online via Zoom.

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 and online 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 annual 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 and students in creative writing classes 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 for consideration; submissions are, however, open only to 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, 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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