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Creative Writing

VAMP performers at Saville Theater San Diego City College students perform in the VAMP showcase at Saville theater 

Creative Writing @ City College is for everyone!

Are you interested in writing poetry, short stories, or personal narratives? The Creative Writing program at City College offers exciting classes to explore your voice as a writer. City College offers a 15 unit Certificate of Performance in Creative Writing. Our dynamic faculty are poets, fiction writers and essayists who create courses designed to help you to explore different genres of writing.

What should I take?

Please note that you do not need to take these courses in sequential order.

English 36 Basic Creative Writing Workshop: If you have not taken English 101 yet, you can still take English 36. This class may run concurrently with one of the below sections and is not a transfer level English class.

English 249 Introduction to Creative Writing: This introductory class explores the writing of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. You can take this class twice as 249 A and 249 B. You do not need to take this class before taking 245, 252, or 247. In spring semesters, this course edits and produces City Works literary journal.

English 252 A/B Fiction: In this class you will deepen your exploration of writing fiction, including flash fiction, micro fiction, short stories, and novels.

English 247 A/B Poetry In this class you will write different kinds of poems which may include free verse, spoken word, and formal verse.

English  245 A/B Creative Nonfiction explores personal essay writing.




Creative Writing Faculty

Chris Baron

 Twitter: @baronchrisbaron


 I love all the genres of writing: Poetry, Fiction, Comics, Graphic Novels, Spoken Word, ALL OF IT!   I am a kid lit author--my Middle-Grade novel in verse, ALL OF ME came out in 2019, and my next book, THE MAGICAL IMPERFECT comes out in 2021, both from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. I've been a Professor of English at San Diego City College and the director of the Writing Center for loongggg time. I consider myself so lucky to be a part of our community.  I grew up in New York City, but I completed my MFA in Poetry in 1998 at SDSU. My first book of poetry, Under the Broom Tree, was released in 2012 on CityWorks Press as part of Lantern Tree: Four Books of Poems (which won the San Diego Book Award for best poetry anthology).   Professor Chris Baron

Karla Cordero

instagram: @karlaflaka13



 I'm a big fan of reading, writing, and teaching poetry, fiction, spoken word, children's literature, and comic books. I'm the founder of Voice 4 Change, a spoken word showcase, where students get the opportunity to perform with national award winning artists.   Karla Cordero

Paul Lopez


 I enjoy reading and writing all genres of literature.  Lately, I've been especially interested in verse plays that push the limits of form and content.  I also love music and listen to it compulsively.  Professor Paul Lopez

Nadia Mandilawi


Hector Martinez


Jim Miller


Trissy McGhee


 I love teaching fiction writing and I love talking to students about writing. I believe creative writing is as valuable as academic writing. I also work on VAMP, a student storytelling showcase.   Trissy McGhee
Ella deCastro    



San Diego City College offers a Certificate of Performance in Creative Writing. All classes must be completed within the San Diego Community College district.


Certificate of Performance in Creative Writing

Required course:

ENGL 249A Introduction to Creative Writing I 

Select two courses from the following:

ENGL 249B Introduction to Creative Writing II 

ENGL 245A Writing Creative Nonfiction 

ENGL 245B Advanced Creative Nonfiction 

ENGL 247A Writing Seminar - Poetry 

ENGL 252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing 

ENGL 252B Intermediate Fiction Writing 

DRAM 108 Playwriting 

RTVF 110 Introduction to Scriptwriting 

Select two courses from the following:

ENGL 208 Introduction to Literature 

ENGL 210 American Literature I 

ENGL 211 American Literature II 

ENGL 215 English Literature I: 800-1799 

ENGL 216 English Literature II: 1800 - Present 

ENGL 220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE - 1600 CE 

ENGL 221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 - Present 

ENGL 240 Shakespeare 

BLAS 155 African American Literature 

CHIC 135 Chicana/o Literature 

Total Units = 15


Resources for you:

San Diego City Works Press

VAMP Videos

VAMP is a storytelling showcase that takes place in Saville Theater. 8 students go onstage in front of a live audience and thell their true stories. Want more videos from past City VAMP shows? Go here!

League for Innovation  literary contest

 PATH program

Student Testimonials/transfers/successes


Resources/Places to submit