English at College of San Mateo - Creative Writing
Creative Writing

Contact Us

Robbie Baden
Assistant Professor
(650) 574-6685
“they ask me to remember/ but they want me to remember/ their memories/ and I keep on remembering mine” ~Lucille Clifton 

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”  ~Haruki Murakami 

What We Offer 

Come find your voice, come tell your stories in one of CSM’s creative writing classes! We offer three levels so, whether you’ve always wanted to write or have been writing for decades, you can learn the basics, improve your skills, and get the inspiration you need in a diverse environment of writers. Each class focuses on short fiction and poetry and culminates in a printed class anthology of students’ work. We write, we read, we experiment, and we bloom. 

Why You Should Take a Creative Writing Class

  1. You need a break from purely academic writing or your right brain may die.
  2. All 3 creative writing classes (161, 162 and 163) are CSU and UC transferable.
  3. Each 3 unit course meets CSU General Education Requirements in Area C1 or C2.
  4. Each 3 unit course meets AA and AS degree requirement Area E2.
  5. Each 3 unit course counts toward your AA/AST total units needed.
  6. CSM offers an English AA and AAT, and these classes count toward that degree and are part of Group B major requirements.
  7. They are offered day and evening.
  8. The professors are all published writers.

Links for Creative Writers

Poetry Foundation: information, interviews, bios, poems, and readings 
Poets.org: sign-up to receive a poem a day in your inbox, search for poets and poetry events near you, and much more
Poets & Writers: Tools for writers; job information for writers; and information on writing competitions, MFA programs, and magazines/ presses that welcome submissions from new and established writers
750 Words: A website designed to help with writer’s block. It tracks and saves your writing with the goal of getting you to write 750 words, 3 pages, each day
The Write Life: direct link to their post “The 100 Best Websites for Writers,” all neatly categorized and hyperlinked 

Creative Writing Classes

Fall 2018 Classes
ENGL 161 AX Creative Writing I Robbie Baden T, Th 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 14-214
ENGL 161 JX Creative Writing I Roberta Reynolds Th 6:30 - 9:20 pm 14-213
ENGL 162 AX Creative Writing II Robbie Baden T, Th 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 14-214
ENGL 162 JX Creative Writing II Roberta Reynolds Th 6:30 - 9:20 pm 14-213
ENGL 163 AX Creative Writing III Robbie Baden T, Th 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 14-214
ENGL 163 JX Creative Writing III Roberta Reynolds Th 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. 14-213