Our creative writing program offers a series of classes in various literary genres including short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction to provide foundational skills for those interested in pursuing creative writing as an area of further scholarship, a professional career, and/or an activity of personal creative development.

You will have the opportunity to pursue creative literary expression and be introduced to the professional world of publication. Our courses encourage individual experimentation in literary expression, as well as critical analysis of contemporary and traditional professional and student work.


Creative Writing Courses


English 5A: Creative Writing

Creative literary expression; short story, poetry and essay. Individual experimentation with various forms; students evaluate their work and work of classmates in light of contemporary writings.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for Engl 1B

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


English 5B: Creative Writing

Creative literary expression; short story, poetry, dramatice form and essay. The focus is on in-depth criticism of student work and professional writers.

Prerequisite: English 5A, 6, 7 or 8

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


English 6: Short Story Writing

Theory and practice in writing the short story. Maximum credit 9 units, 3 units each semester.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for Engl 1B

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

English 7: Inscape Magazine Publication

Critical review and selection of creative material; design and layout of a literary magazine. Maximum credit 6 units, 3 each semester. 

Prerequisite: Engl 1A

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC

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English 8: Writing Poetry

Writing of Poetry in all forms. Reading of traditional and current work. Maximum credit 6 units, 3 each semester.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for Engl 1A

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


English 9: Creative Nonfiction

Writing and analysis of creative nonfiction such as memoirs, reviews, profiles, and nature writing. Maximum credit 6 units, 3 each semester.

Prerequisite: Engl 1A

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC