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Providing a structured, multi-faceted curriculum for those who wish to pursue their interest in writing short fiction, novels, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction, The Creative Writing Certificate Program is a unique 15-credit (5 course) immersion in the study and practice of the writer's art.

The program makes extensive use of the writing workshop environment, in which class members and the instructor create a working community of writers dedicated to their own writing and attentive to the writing of others. The workshop aids each writer in making his or her work as strong as it can be.

Completion of this program is noted on student transcripts and may be cited in applying to university Creative Writing, English, Journalism, Humanities, Liberal Arts, and other programs.

Classes may be offered on campus or online. Consult the Schedule of Classes each semester for details.

 Certificate Requirements Units 
Choose one of the following two introductory creative writing courses:
ENGL 31 Intro. to Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 32 Creative Writing II (3)
Select 12 units from the following:  12
Intro. to Creative Writing (3)
Creative Writing II (3)
ENGL 51 Fiction Writing (3)   
Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)   
ENGL 53 Poetry Writing (3)  
ENGL 54 Novel Writing (3)  
Novel Writing II (3)

One of the following 3-credit MPC literature courses can be substituted for a Creative Writing course in meeting the 15-credit Certificate Program requirement. (Either ENGL 31 or 32 must still be taken if a literature course is substituted for the other, or for any other Creative Writing course):

ENGL 5: Introduction to Great Books

ENGL 11: Literature By and About Women

ENGL 17: Introduction to Shakespeare

ENGL 18: The Bible as Literature

ENGL 22: Introduction to Poetry

ENGL 40A: Survey of American Literature I

ENGL 43: Comics as Literature

ENGL 44: Survey of World Literature I

ENGL 45: Survey of World Literature II

ENGL 46: Survey of British Literature I

ENGL 47: Survey of British Literature II

All courses must be taken at MPC.

Please email for additional information about the program or individual creative writing courses at MPC.

And please visit the Creative Writing Club, Scheherazade Magazine and MPC Guest Authors Series pages to learn more about the inspiring Creative Writing environment at Monterey Peninsula College.


Writers who have been awarded the

Certificate in Creative Writing include:

 Marc Ferris

Niklas Spitz

Michelle Kilmer

Robert Lehmann

Mackenzie Miller

Susan Ragsdale-Cronin

Ruvic Delacruz

Joshua Converse

Colton Miller

Pam Schierer

Artemis Seay

Jennifer Schmidt

Ivan Garcia

Michael Beck

Tanya R. Fadem

Josephine Fellows

Lyn Whiting

Analynn Patterson

Clark Coleman

Therese Grate

Jeff Barnard

Robin Jepsen

Windsor Zachary Buzza

Stephanie England

Baergan Vana

 With Stephanie England May 29 2019

Stephanie England receives her Creative Writing Certificate

from Instructor/Program Coordinator Henry Marchand

Spring 2019

Analynn Patterson and Me, Certificate Presentation Spring 2018

Analynn Patterson

Spring 2018

HM and Lyn Whiting w Certificate Spring 2018

Lyn Whiting

Spring 2018

Artemis Seay, Pam Schierer and Henry Marchand with Creative Writing Certificates Awarded May 17, 2017

Artemis Seay and Pam Schierer

Spring 2017




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