Courses

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.
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 or event to create a unique and special keepsake.
Explore the techniques of writing effective fiction and creative nonfiction, including story and plot, character development, narrative voice, scene and setting, beginnings and endings, and the use of symbols and metaphor. In this six-week class, students will generate original work through a series of exercises, prompt writing, and free writing to create the first draft of a story.
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.
In this four-week class, students will learn basic and advanced revision and workshopping techniques for creative writing. Students will apply what they learn in an interactive group setting to help each writer create the best work they can.
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.
Join COCC professor, Chris Rubio, and learn alongside COCC credit students in this introduction to traditional oral and contemporary Native American texts with an emphasis on cultural contexts and continuity.
In this workshop, students will gain inspiration from contemporary poets who embrace a variety of forms. Learn to follow prompts to see where they will lead you and feed your fertile imagination sufficiently to fill a new notebook or MacBook with fresh and nourishing poems.
It's possible to earn money by writing, but it's difficult. Competition is stiff and potholes are plentiful. This course will provide students a panoramic view of the marketplace for writers today, point them towards the ones with the most potential, and answer their questions about how to become a professional writer - whether on a part-time or full-time basis.