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Master Your Craft: Advanced Fiction 265

If you are serious about writing fiction and you want to learn more, consider taking Advanced Fiction 265. This course allows you to read serious works of fiction, discuss what you are reading, and share your own writing with a group of fellow writers. Our goal for this course is to help you refine what you have already written so you can send it to literary journals for possible publication. If you haven’t taken a fiction writing course at Montgomery college before, you can send a writing sample to get approval to take the Advanced course.

  • ENGL 265, Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 35920
  • Rockville campus.
  • Tue./Thu., 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 264 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor based upon a writing sample
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

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Great long-read in the Guardian, an interview with George Saunders (author of the new book Lincoln in the Bardo).

Prof. Miriam Hamilton Published

Prof. Miriam Hamilton (ENGL, Rockville campus) has her story “Manosphere” published on the website

Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and writes stories about women engineers.

Congratulations on your first short story publication, Miriam!

Jarvis Slacks

One of the most complicated tasks we face as an academic is to convince other people that education is important. That used to be an easy argument because we could use the carrot that was the inevitable job after college. But now, because of modernity and technology, the benefits of a college degree are harder to lay out. This gets even more complicated when you look at the arts. I teach Creative Writing. My job is to explain to students how to write fiction. I make my students read a lot and write a lot. If you take my class, it will be difficult. Getting an “A” is hard. I will take up large amounts of your time and energy and I can’t promise that you will ever write that book and become rich and famous.

There is only one, good reason to take a class that I teach: to become a more educated member of society. Education allows us to know more about the world and to enjoy the world in a deeper, sincerer way. Gaining that level of insight takes time and it is always perilous. No one is asking you to become more educated. In fact, many people would like you not to. If you are reading this and you’re thinking of taking my class, know that becoming an educated individual has always been an act of civil disobedience. That in and of itself should be the only reason you ever do anything.

Prof. Slacks is teaching:

  • Advanced Creative Writing, ENGL 265, CRN 23905
  • Tuesday Night, 6:30 p.m. to 9:05 p.m.

You can find him:

Advocate Opens Creative Writing Page

The Montgomery Advocate, the Rockville campus’ student news site, has just opened Panorama, a creative writing page which hopes to post stories, poetry and even novellas on a weekly basis. The editors are asking faculty to share with your students. See the website for details.

Lit Journal Wants Student Entries

Paraphrased from an email…

From the editors of Sagebrush Review (UT San Antonio):

Sagebrush Review is a non-profit, literary and arts journal that is based in the University of Texas at San Antonio and that features work from students.

We would like to expand our range and give more students the opportunity to submit work for the chance of that work being published in our journal.

Please look to submission guidelines here.

Or contact:

David Crawford | Sagebrush Review

Why Study Humanities? Because It’s Good for You!

Economist, professor, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist, Steven Pearlstein, an American Studies major himself, explains why a major in history, philosophy, the arts or even English (yay!) is worth the time, effort and money. Here’s the link and quote:

Even so, I found it shocking that some of the brightest students in Virginia had been misled — by parents, the media, politicians and, alas, each other — into thinking that choosing English or history as a major would doom them to lives as impecunious schoolteachers.

If that didn’t convince you, read this from Chemistry professor Loretta Jackson-Hayes:

As a chemist, I agree that remaining competitive in the sciences is a critical issue. But as an instructor, I also think that if American STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts.

Talk to your counselor about switching to one of these majors or certificate programs!

Get the latest SPRING 2016 Course News Here!

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(We will be updating these pages constantly until the semester starts–come on back!)

Bethesda Literary Festival Call for Stories, Poems, Essays!

Bethesda Urban Partnership
Bethesda Urban Partnership

The 16th annual Bethesda Literary Festival in April will host an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests. Contest entries are due soon.

The literary prizes for short stories and essays: Jan. 22!

Poets have a bit more time, Feb. 12.

Check the links for more information about this. Presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda magazine.

Creative Writing @Rockville: Spring 2016

ENGL 272: Introduction to the Creative Writing of Poetry

  • CRN31407 3cr W 2:00 pm – 4:40 pm 01/27/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard
  • CRN30395 3cr DL WEB 01/25/16 – 05/15/16 Marianne Szlyk

ENGL 264: Introduction to the Creative Writing of Fiction

  • 31400 3cr W 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 01/27/16 – 05/15/16 Julie A. Wakeman-Linn
  • 31401 3cr TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard
  • 31402 3cr MWF 10:00 am – 10:50 am 01/25/16 – 05/15/16 Jarvis J. Slacks

ENGL 265: Advanced Fiction

  • 31403 3cr T 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Julie A. Wakeman-Linn

Special Honors Offerings (talk to Prof. Julie Wakeman-Linn):

  • HONR251: Writing The Novel : Contact Professor Wakeman-Linn if interested (

HONR275Potomac Review (Literary Journal) Internship:

  • 33972 3cr  01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard

Poets and Newbies Alike, Take “Intro. to Poetry”

Resolve to be creative (and fulfill your ARTS requirement) in Spring 2016

Steve Kowit "In the Palm of Your Hand."
Steve Kowit “In the Palm of Your Hand.”

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Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry online

CRN: 30395

Everyone is welcome–new and experienced poets alike!

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