English at College of San Mateo - Creative Writing
Creative Writing

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Robbie Baden
Assistant Professor
(650) 574-6685

The Blank Page Is a Field of Infinite Possibility

Whether you've never penned a poem or you're halfway through your third novel, our Creative Writing program will provide you with the supportive community, the knowledge of craft, and the inspiration to find and to refine your voice, tell your story, and learn to exercise the untapped power of your imagination.  

Our Program

Our passionate and experienced instructors, all writers themselves, will guide you as you embark on your own journey to parts as yet unknown.

We offer a three-course sequence (ENGL 161, 162, 163), taught concurrently. First-time students, regardless of previous experience as writers, should enroll in 161. Our classes are offered day and evening and during the summer.

Beginners will write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, while advanced students may choose to focus their work on a particular genre or a particular project, such as a chapbook, a memoir, or a novella. All students will participate in a writer's workshop, perform regular exercises to get the ink flowing and practice elements of craft, and develop skills in reading published work as writers.

As soon as the Spring of 2020, we anticipate that you will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Creative Writing.Please inquire about it! Professor Robbie Baden or Tim Maxwell will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Our Community

The Creative Writing faculty and students are sponsoring ways for student writers to come together, to hear, and to be heard:

  • Submit your work to be considered for The Writers' Ruckus, a curated celebration of student and faculty writers, once each semester in Building 10. 
  • Join us for a special talk and a reading by award-winning poet and author Matthew Zapruder in Fall of 2019.
  • Consider submitting your work for publication in Labyrinth, CSM's literary magazine.
  • Come read at one of the Creative Writing Club's open mics, once or even twice, each semester.
  • Join the Creative Writing Club to find your people!

Some Nuts and Bolts about Creative Writing Classes

  1. All 3 creative writing classes (161, 162 and 163) are CSU and UC transferable.
  2. Each 3 unit course meets CSU General Education Requirements in Area C1 or C2.
  3. Each 3 unit course meets AA and AS degree requirement Area E2.
  4. Each 3 unit course counts toward your AA/AST total units needed.
  5. CSM offers an English AA and AAT, and these classes count toward that degree and are part of Group B major requirements.
  6. They are offered day and evening.
  7. We anticipate awarding Creative Writing Certificates as early as Spring of 2020. 

Creative Writing Classes

Summer 2019 Classes
Creative Writing I Roberta ReynoldsM, W 6:00 pm- 9:30 pm14-213
ENGL 162 JXCreative Writing II Roberta ReynoldsM, W 6:00 pm- 9:30 pm14-213
ENGL 163 JX  Creative Writing IIIRoberta ReynoldsM, W 6:00 pm- 9:30 pm14-213
Fall 2019 Classes
ENGL 161 AX Creative Writing I Jill Kolongowski T, Th 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 14-214
ENGL 161 JX Creative Writing I Tim Maxwell Th 6:30 - 9:20 pm 16-205
ENGL 162 AX Creative Writing II Jill Kolongowski T, Th 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 14-214
ENGL 162 JX Creative Writing II Tim Maxwell Th 6:30 - 9:20 pm 16-205
ENGL 163 AX Creative Writing III Jill Kolongowski T, Th 11:10 am - 12:25 pm 14-214
ENGL 163 JX Creative Writing III Tim Maxwell Th 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. 16-205