Upcoming Classes

Registration for the Fall 2017 semester is in full swing, and we have several creative writing offerings for you. Find our current list below, complete with meeting times and course descriptions. Feel free to direct any questions you might have to the listed instructors. We are all happy to offer more information on our courses. Remember that you can always see the up-to-date availability of courses through Maricopa’s Find-a-Class.


CRW150 – Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Instructor: Mark Broeske
  • Class Number: 20864
  • Where: GCC North Campus, Room A113
  • When: Tu, Th from 10:00AM – 11:15AM (8/22/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: For the inexperienced and/or uncommitted, get a chance to dabble in everything. Find your inner poet. Craft engaging fiction. Tell your story through creative non-fiction. Use all three to become the writer you want to be.  No prerequisites.


CRW150 – Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Instructor: Laura White
  • Class Number: 20826
  • Where: Online
  • When: Online (8/21/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: Introduces the student to elements and techniques of creative writing in a variety of genres; teaches terminology and concepts needed for successful participation in writing workshops; facilitates writing practice and evaluation; offers individual guidance on the student’s development as a writer. Prerequisites: None.


CRW160 – Introduction to Writing Poetry

  • Instructor: John Ventola
  • Class Number: 20827
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room LA108
  • When: Tu, Th from 11:30AM – 12:45PM (8/22/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: Prewriting (invention and discovery); writing; analyzing and evaluating (in workshop); and revising to practice manipulating various elements of poetry, critique one’s own and the poetry of others, and produce a portfolio of finished, marketable poems. Prerequisites: None. CRW150 recommended but not required.


CRW170 – Introduction to Writing Fiction

  • Instructor: Jeff Baker
  • Class Number: 20897
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room LSA152
  • When: Tu, Th from 1:00PM – 2:15PM (8/22/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: When asked about different fictional forms, author Lorrie Moore proclaimed: “A short story is a love affair. A novel is a marriage.” Unsurprisingly, this class involves the writing, reading, and analysis of a series of figurative love affairs. Using Jerome Stern’s Making Shapely Fiction and sample short stories from authors like William Trevor, Grace Paley, George Saunders, Ron Carlson, and Jhumpa Lahiri, students will explore and analyze craft topics like point of view, psychic distance, dialogue, voice, and character development. Students are responsible for writing two lengthier workshop stories, a series of small exercises and flash fiction pieces, and revisions based on workshop feedback. CRW270 students write a third short story as well. Students will also complete a close analysis of a self-selected short story collection from a list of published works. This is a combined class with both an introduction (CRW170) and intermediate (CRW270) level. Students must complete CRW170 before registering for CRW270.


CRW170 – Introduction to Writing Fiction

  • Instructor: Gary Lawrence
  • Class Number: 20779
  • Where: Online
  • When: Online (8/21/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: CRW170/270 is a combined beginning and intermediate creative writing course on prose writing. The class uses modern American short stories by accomplished authors such as Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates and Andre Dubus  as a base to dig out writing craft “nuggets.” Students use these writing tips to develop four prose short stories of their own. Extensive feedback from other students and the instructor is provided. Discussions to engage with others about creative writing are numerous.  Advanced students (CRW270) read longer, more developed stories; write longer, more developed stories; and perform a significant revision on one of their “finished” stories as their final project.


CRW260 – Intermediate Poetry Writing

  • Instructor: John Ventola
  • Class Number: 20924
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room LA108
  • When: Tu, Th from 11:30AM – 12:45PM (8/22/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: Emphasis on writing a series of original poems; analysis and evaluation of the functions and effects of established works of poetry; concentration on evaluation and revising students’ poetry through intensive workshopping. Prerequisites: CRW160 or permission of Instructor.


CRW270 – Intermediate Fiction Writing

  • Instructor: Jeff Baker
  • Class Number: 20898
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room LSA152
  • When: Tu, Th from 1:00PM – 2:15PM (8/22/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: When asked about different fictional forms, author Lorrie Moore proclaimed: “A short story is a love affair. A novel is a marriage.” Unsurprisingly, this class involves the writing, reading, and analysis of a series of figurative love affairs. Using Jerome Stern’s Making Shapely Fiction and sample short stories from authors like William Trevor, Grace Paley, George Saunders, Ron Carlson, and Jhumpa Lahiri, students will explore and analyze craft topics like point of view, psychic distance, dialogue, voice, and character development. Students are responsible for writing two lengthier workshop stories, a series of small exercises and flash fiction pieces, and revisions based on workshop feedback. CRW270 students write a third short story as well. Students will also complete a close analysis of a self-selected short story collection from a list of published works. This is a combined class with both an introduction (CRW170) and intermediate (CRW270) level. Students must complete CRW170 before registering for CRW270.


CRW270 – Intermediate Fiction Writing

  • Instructor: Gary Lawrence
  • Class Number: 20828
  • Where: Online
  • When: Online (8/21/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: CRW170/270 is a combined beginning and intermediate creative writing course on prose writing. The class uses modern American short stories by accomplished authors such as Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates and Andre Dubus  as a base to dig out writing craft “nuggets.” Students use these writing tips to develop four prose short stories of their own. Extensive feedback from other students and the instructor is provided. Discussions to engage with others about creative writing are numerous.  Advanced students (CRW270) read longer, more developed stories; write longer, more developed stories; and perform a significant revision on one of their “finished” stories as their final project.


CRW272 – Planning and Structuring the Novel / CRW273 – Writing the Novel / CRW274 – Revising the Novel

  • Instructor: Jeff Baker
  • Class Numbers: 20901, 20902, 20903
  • Where: Online
  • When: Online (8/21/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: Flannery O’Connor describes the writing of a novel as “a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.” In this class, then, we will work together to lose our hair and bring rot to our teeth. Whether knee-deep in chapters or simply flirting with the idea of writing a novel, you’ll find a home and learn about world-building, structuring and pacing narratives, driving conflict, developing character, and so on. This is an online course that combines three levels of novel writing, from planning and outlining to writing and revising. In addition to writing your own novel, you’ll participate in workshops–both of your own work and the work of your peers. Which novel course you take directly connects to the amount of writing and revision you’ll be expected to complete throughout class. You’ll also perform a close analysis of a self-selected novel from a list of published works. CRW272 is the first of the three novel courses, requiring CRW150 or instructor permission for entry. CRW273 and CRW274 require completion of the previous novel tiers to be able to register.


ENG217 – Personal and Exploratory Writing

  • Instructor: Kimberly Williams
  • Class Number: 20738
  • Where: GCC Main Campus CL41 and Online (Hybrid Format)
  • When: Mon, Wed from 1:00PM – 1:50PM and Online (8/21/2017 – 12/15/2017)

Description: This course invites you to explore yourself and the world around you through language in the form of creative nonfiction of varying themes and lengths. We will also read and study the techniques of contemporary creative nonfiction writers like Philip Lopate, Annie Dillard, David Sedaris, and Barry Lopez. As writers, we will pay special attention to narrative and descriptive techniques and look at forms like memoir and writing about place.