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.
Click on a name below to 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!
- Departments:English Composition & Literature, Creative Writing
- Divisions:Arts & Humanities, Kelly Hall (KLY)
- Title:English Full-time Faculty
- Office LocationKUL 220
About the teacher and writer:
I was born a lover of words in England, raised a lover of books in Texas, and now live as a lover of language and writing in Washington State. I am a poet and a teacher of writing at Whatcom Community College. I also like wine and bicycles. A lot.
On a more serious note, I have a BA in English Literature from Western Washington University, and an MA in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry from the same institution. I have been teaching at Whatcom Community College since 2009, and I teach everything from composition to literature to college study skills and, of course, creative writing! Creative Writing is a joy to teach: it is such a pleasure to see students discover and develop their own voices. I think it is the class where I am most likely to see students genuinely surprise themselves.
I believe that creative writing involves two complementary roles: the visionary and the ruthless editor--you have to develop both qualities if you want to write poems and stories that will move others. In my class, you can expect a variety of exercises geared towards both. We will play surrealist games to free ourselves from the inner critic, and then we will welcome the critic back in. We will read a variety of poems and stories to improve our ability to read like writers to teach our critic what to look for, and we will invite others into our revision process.
Samples of her work: