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Creative Writing Program

Our creative writing courses focus on fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction (memoir). We aim to foster a deep appreciation and understanding of the narrative craft and to help you achieve goals related to your writing.

  • Each professor within the discipline is a published author or creative offering a variety of writerly skillsets.  
  • Classes are designed to fit busy schedules.
  • Become part of a long-term and supportive community of writers.
  • Personal expression and identity are valued and supported in coursework. 
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The Creative Writing Certificate

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Our Creative Writing Certificate Courses

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

Students will explore and deepen their understanding of the creation of short form prose works, typically called Short Stories. Students will learn the foundational mechanisms of short prose through the engagement of professionally published prose from accomplished authors across a variety of times, locations, and themes. Students will develop the skills in the writing of short fi ction, focusing on character, narrative development, voice, style, and revision.

Offered every fall semester

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, C-ID (ENGLISH 200 or ENGL-CW 100)
Prerequisite: ENGLISH 102

Students receive intensive training in writing poetry, prose fiction, and/or playwriting. Students compose works that are discussed as part of instruction, supplemented by examples of published writers and theoretical essays on the creative process.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC
Prerequisite: ENGLISH 127

Students receive advanced, intensive training in writing poetry, prose fiction, and/or playwriting. Students compose works that are discussed as part of instruction, supplemented by examples of published writers and theoretical essays on the creative process. This course directly builds upon the skillsets established in English 127, providing emphasis on revision and expansion of work.

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Faculty Spotlight:
John Lynch

English 124: Short Story Writing 1
Spring 2024: Section 24871 (TuTh 12:45 - 2:10, taught on Zoom)

John Lynch came to Los Angeles through his graduate studies in creative writing at Boston's Emerson College. After working on television shows (That 70's Show and Third Rock From the Sun), he now focuses on teaching and writing/directing films.  His short films have won him numerous screenplay and directing awards. 

"My goal is to get our student writing published or produced. I love to share my experience on the actual business of selling/publishing your work in and out of Hollywood."

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English 78: Writing Memoir

The story of your life is a special one, and worth sharing. In the memoir-writing course we’ll help you turn your moments into effective, engaging, and memorable writing. You can:

  • Create captivating settings and explore meaningful themes.
  • Learn effective editing practices.
  • Work with chronology, both fixed and experimental.
  • Turn the seemingly mundane into profound, insightful moments.
  • Focus on conflict, tension, tone, and catharsis.
  • Find meaning in the past to illuminate the present.
  • Participate in a supportive workshop environment.

We’ll also read and analyze selected full-length memoirs to both learn from and find inspiration.

English 78: Writing Memoir
Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

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Writing Contest 2024 Letter Flyer

Calling Student Writers!

Each spring, English & ESL Department holds an annual writing contest for all LACC students. Students are invited to submit original work in three categories: short stories, poetry, and ESL writing. 

Writing Contest 

The Citadel is a creative literary journal published annually by the English & ESL Department. It welcomes submissions from student writers as well as works from the broader community. 

The Citadel

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English & ESL Department

Office Hours and Location

Mondays to Thursdays: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays to Sundays: Closed

We are located on the 3rd Floor of Jefferson Hall in room JH 301.

Contact

Jeffrey M. Nishimura, Department Chair
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2706

The Chair usually attends meetings in the afternoon, so please call before you come.

Jasminee Haywood-Daley, Secretary
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2700

 

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