Greetings! Whatcom Community College currently offers an Introduction to Creative Writing course each quarter—taught by different creative writing instructors to ensure diversity of form and content. This English 236 course is designed to acquaint students with various forms of creative writing, particularly fiction and poetry, and encourage the study of the craft of writing creatively. To facilitate learning the craft and appreciation of fiction and poetry, students are asked to read and think critically about other writers who have come before them, so that they too might see themselves creating fine pieces and seeing them through to publication, perhaps in WCC’s own Noisy Water Review or another excellent publishing forum. Above all, students will explore their own imagination and talent, and hopefully learn to love writing.
In addition, two spots are held in each class for returning creative writing students to take this course again with a new instructor. This advanced 237 course allows dedicated students to return to the basics, while still building upon the skills they began to cultivate in 236. As well as taking on extra readings, 237 students will also have advanced writing projects they design with the help of their instructors.
Below you will find statements put together by current creative writing faculty, along with sample exercises and writing samples. We look forward to seeing you in our classes!