Creative Writing at CCP–Come Study With Me!

Creative Writing at Community College of Philadelphia – January 2014
Need to develop a portfolio of your creative writing? Consider taking English 285 at Community College of Philadelphia. English 285: THE WRITING PORTFOLIO is ideal for advanced writers who want to develop a portfolio to submit to create a writing programs, writing contests or publishers. English 285 – Writing Portfolio helps writers polish old work and start new projects. It’s a mixed-genre workshop consisting of poets, story writers and essayists who are seeking to take their work to the next level. We will workshop stories, poems and essays and discuss aspects of the writer’s life, which will include exploring the rich opportunities of the Philadelphia writing community. Several of my students have gone on to get their MA’s, MFA’s and Ph D’s in creative writing and publishing, and to start literary magazines that draw local and national attention. In addition, CCP classes are among the most inexpensive college courses in the region.

As a teacher, I have over twenty years of experience. I have also freelanced for newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly and The City Paper in addition to serving as a contributing editor for two national publications. My own stories, poems and essays have been anthologized numerous times and my work has appeared in such journals as The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, American Writing, Paper Nautilus, Assaracus and more. I’ve won awards and fellowships for my work, including two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in fiction and nonfiction, as well as a prize for my forthcoming collection of poems, Velvet Rodeo. I run an independent literary salon called Poetdelphia (find us on Facebook!), I work with the One Book, One Philadelphia program, and I run the Poets and Writers’ Festival at CCP. This is all to say that I have a lot of experience that I can put to work for you. Because the course has prerequisites, student candidates outside the CCP Creative Writing Certificate Program will need to submit a short writing sample in the genre of their choice. If you are interested, email me a brief letter describing your writing projects and a work sample of up to five pages (excerpts from longer works are okay). Send to kmcquain [at] and please CC the Director of the Certificate Program in Creative Writing, Jeff Markovitz (jmarkovitz [at] since you will need his approval to waive the prerequisites for the course. If you have friends who have been working hard on their writing, please tell them about this opportunity.

ENGL 285: Writing Portfolio – ENGL 285-001 16149 Class WEDNESDAY EVENING 6:00 pm-8:55 pm in WINNET S3-07 The first class is January 15th.


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