Courses

This class will discuss the consequences of choosing whether to tell a story in fictional or nonfictional form, the differences between these forms, the ethics involved in writing true stories, and the use of perspective. Students will engage in point of view and perception exercises, and each student will produce fiction and nonfiction writing.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Join COCC professor, Stacey Donohue and COCC credit students in a critical analysis of literary works by women writers. The theme is BOOKS THAT COOK, or, food and cooking as metaphors in contemporary fiction by women writers.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Join COCC professor, Lin Hong, and learn alongside COCC credit students in this introduction to the history, politics, society and economy of China through the viewing and analyzing of a selection of films. This course is a blend of face-to-face classroom instruction with online instruction resulting in a reduction of classroom seat-time.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Create a unique and special keepsake to remember a special trip or time in your life. Students will learn memoir and travel writing techniques by using a series of writing and memory prompts. In this class, students will write several small pieces that can be polished and integrated with items from a trip to create a unique and special keepsake.
Join COCC instructor, Eileen Sather and COCC credit students to learn effective strategies for taking the stories swirling around your brain and bringing them to life. Students in this course will read short fiction from contemporary writers like Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, and Sherman Alexie, and then craft life-like characters and page-turning plots in their own flash fiction, short stories, and digital narratives.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

To plot or not to plot? Show or tell? Cut all the adverbs? Are people born writers? Students will explore both sides of the myths and truths of creative writing through discussion, prompt-writing, and revision, looking at specific examples of what the "experts" tell us to do and discover what works best for each of us.
If you are interested in writing poetry to experience the unique joy of exploring the world and expressing yourself through verse, this class is for you.
This four-hour food-writing workshop will encompass readings, writing exercises, sharing work, and discussion of writing practices and resources. This workshop is designed to bring creativity into the world of food-writing, or more specifically, to use food as a subject for creative writing.
As young adults (or even earlier), many of us felt the thrill of filling a notebook with verse, asking the big questions or expressing our longing through the poetic line. Coax that seed to bloom again by digging into the rich language of your experience.
Join COCC professor, Chris Rubio, and learn alongside COCC credit students about the structure of literature in written form and in its adaptation into film. In this class, you will learn to closely analyze literature and film with a critical eye, comparing the aspects of narrative, plot, structure, character development, point of view, and more as presented by authors of novels and directors of films.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Are you interested in writing and pitching a feature story to a magazine? This course will help you with your writing skills while offering an understanding of what a good magazine piece entails. Learn how to employ powerful writing techniques, create an engaging structure, build a writer's platform and pitch your story.
Neither a long short story nor a short novel, the novella inhabits a strict form and presents unique challenges for the writer. This class will examine how some of our greatest writers exploit the taut, concentrated form of the novella to explosive emotional effect.

This course contains no sessions at this time.

Do you have a yearning to write but don't know where to start? Or maybe you already write but have trouble sticking with it? This workshop will help you gain the necessary tools to cultivate a consistent writing practice in your life.