Announcing: The Traveler Winners!

Please join everyone from the Traveler staff, literary judges, and the English Department at GCC in congratulating the Traveler winners for 2016-2017. After even more deliberation and competition than last year, the following pieces and writers were selected for publication:


  • First Place: “I See You” by Cynthia Herda
  • Second Place: “I Was a War Whore” by Charles Hisey
  • Third Place: “Crows Don’t Sing” by Wendy Wallace
  • Honorable Mention: “Dear Straight Dudes” by Jamie Lee Heath
  • Honorable Mention: “Giving Birth to a Sonnet” by Charles Hisey


  • First Place: “Skipping Sundays” by Alex Parson
  • Second Place: “Zombie Walk” by Sara Dobie Bauer
  • Third Place: “Blue Acres” by Maneesha Lele

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Place: “My Tatum Place” by Tatum Morton
  • Second Place: “Gremlin of Doubt” by Ashley Davis
  • Third Place: “Summer” by Emma Matthews

Flash Fiction

  • First Place: “Ascendant” by Katelyn Cissel
  • Second Place: “Those Three Girls” by Alex Parson
  • Third Place: “She of Greatness” by Mary Barreras

To everyone who submitted: all of us with the Traveler sincerely thank you for your submissions. Reading your creative work is a tremendous privilege, and one we do not take for granted. We all sincerely hope to see more of your writing next year. To all of the student staff and the literary judges: Thank you for your tireless efforts!

Keep an eye on the blog for more information regarding the production of the Traveler, the availability of physical copies, and our traditional celebratory reading in October.

Saturday Workshop – The Role of Truth in Nonfiction, Fiction, & Autobiographical Fiction

For the Spring semester of 2017, we will again continue our Saturday Workshop Series. The first of our Saturday Workshops is nearly here, and we are pleased to welcome a new presenter: David Martinez.


Explore the space between nonfiction and fiction through writing from your core, and discover truth. Writing is hard for a myriad of reasons, and one of the most trying and difficult aspects for many people is finding that space that makes the writing (whether fiction or nonfiction) ring true. Join us as we sift through writings and methods that may help us grab hold of that ever-questioned, ever-scrutinized truth.

  • What & Who: “The Role of Truth in Nonfiction, Fiction, & Autobiographical Fiction” will be conducted by David Martinez.
  • When: Saturday, February 11th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, LA-141
  • Why: Because if you don’t, your friends and family will think less of you.

The Slam!


Join GCC students, faculty, and staff, along with numerous talented writers and performers from across the valley, for 2016’s Poetry & Prose Slam. Whether you want to participate, or if you simply wish to listen, the slam always proves to be a great time.

  • What: GCC’s Annual Poetry & Prose Slam
  • Where: GCC Main, SU104
  • When: Wednesday, November 16th from 7PM to 10PM, but arrive early to register if you want to participate (Hint: You want to participate!)
  • Why: Cash Prizes!

Obligatory disclaimer: We accept all performers’ rights to express their creative works and art freely, so we do not censor subject matter or content

Saturday Workshop – Characterization: Populating Your Fictional World with Realistic People

Missed the workshop and want to see some of what Mark had to offer? Attended the workshop, but want to refresh your memory on some of Mark’s book selections and concepts? Head over to Workshop Materials and peruse the content covered in the workshop.

Have you ever read a book, watched a show, or sat through a movie and thought any of the following?

  • “Who does that? Real people don’t act like this!”
  • “I can’t keep track of these people. What’s his name is with what’s her face? Who’s that guy?”
  • “All of these characters could die in a fiery plane crash and I wouldn’t care.”

The fictional world may be fascinating, the conflicts may be intense, and the writing may be beautiful, but without fully realized characters to follow and root for, the story is ultimately doomed. Don’t fret, however. You can build unique and complex characters! Moreover, you can create characters with their own drive and will so that they surprise even you, the writer. Come join us or a free workshop to help breathe life into characters you will want to save from a plane crash.

  • What & Who: “Characterization: Populating Your Fictional World with Realistic People” will be conducted by Mark Broeske, GCC Creative Writing faculty.
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 9:30 to 11:30AM.
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, LA-141.
  • Why: Did we mention it’s free?