Writing is making sense of life. Nadine Gordimer

The Creative Writing Program at CCCC offers a Certificate in Creative Writing and continuing education credits for courses in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and creative inspiration. 

Class and workshop participants will write creatively, read their work aloud, study other writers, and above all engage in a dialogue about writing.

Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Writers of all levels will find motivation, energy, and creative insights in these classes. Instructors are professional writers who have published and taught extensively. They will help you get started, shape your ideas, be productive, and improve your writing. You'll learn the craft and business of writing in a supportive and stimulating environment. 

Browse the listing below and imagine yourself enjoying, learning, talking, being inspired.


Four classes and five workshops are being offered in the Fall 2014 term.

All classes meet on the Pittsboro campus.

Fall registration begins Wednesday, August 6, 2014 through class start date

To register, call Continuing Education: 919-545-8044

Earn a Certificate in Creative Writing from CCCC.

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One extends one's limits only by exceeding them.       M. Scott Peck


Ongoing CLASSES meet weekly

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One-Day Saturday WORKSHOPS

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Mentored Workshop: Polishing, revising, and submitting work for publication * Course #3766

This is a required course for the CCCC Creative Writing Certificate Program. Certificate Program participants must have completed 120 hours of the Creative Writing Program classes in order to count this class toward completion of certificate. Alternatively, those writers not participating in the Certificate Program are eligible to take this class if they have completed at least 60 hours of CCCC Creative Writing Classes or have 10-15 pages of prose or five poems. Class is limited to 10 students.

Wednesdays, Aug. 27 - Oct. 29, 6:30P - 8:30P

Cost: $181.55

Instructor: Melissa Delbridge


Poetry Tips and Techniques * Course #3702

This course provides you with tips and techniques to take your poetry to the next level. You will explore poetic concepts and techniques, discuss master poems, and share your own poems and exercises. Each session focuses on a single technique such as line breaks, titles, governing images, word choice, and even the overall creative process. At the end of each class, the instructor will offer a choice of writing prompts based on the day's lesson, to stimulate your own creative processes. Open to poets of all levels of experience

Wednesdays, Sept. 2 - Oct. 15, 6:30P - 9:00P

Cost: $131.55

Instructor: Ralph Earle


Playwriting/Screenwriting * Course #3701

This course will include class discussion of take-home readings and film, and thorough examination of student's own work. Students will work towards the completion of a new screenplay/play or one already in progress. This course is suitable for writers at any level.

Wednesdays, Sept.10 - Dec. 10, 6:30P - 9:00P

Cost: $215.55

Instructor: William Bennett


Wrestling Your Novel Into Submission * Course #3705

This course will focus on plot to help the novice writer visualize the structure of the novel you want to write. It will also help the experienced novelist refine the tools needed to give structure to your ongoing works-in-progress

Tuesdays, Oct. 8 - Nov. 12, 6:30P - 9:00P

Cost: $111.55

Instructor: Rick Bylina


Introducing the Short Short Story: Writing Fast Fiction Fast I * Course # 3703

Short stories are getting shorter all the time. From iPhones to three-minute fiction, the human desire to connect becomes more urgent and there's less time for it. People will always need stories. We all have stories. In this class we'll read a lot of published examples and with exercises write our own. A hands-on class of reading, writing, and sharing. Markets for publication will be discussed.

Saturday, September 13, 9:00A - 3:00P

Cost: $56.55

Instructor: Ruth Moose


Fiction Writing for Beginners * Course #3708

Do you aspire to write fiction? This workshop will help you get started. A series of guided exercises will leave you at the end of the day with several fiction stories to play with. A fiction writer's secret: it's really fun!

Saturday, September 20, 10:00A - 3:30P

Cost: $56.55

Instructor: Marjorie Hudson


Sensory Writing: From Prompt to Page * Course #3706

If you're interested in tapping into the stories that go unnoticed in your everyday life, then this workshop is for you. Spend the morning free writing from prompts that appeal to all senses. From aromas to striking images, we will use our environment to create character, refine description, and inspire plot. What does it take to get published? Enjoy an afternoon learning how and where to publish your poems, short stories, or manuscript-length work

Saturday, October 4, 10:00A - 5:00P

Cost: $76.55

Instructor: Tara Lynne Groth


Introducing the Short Short Story: Writing Fast Fiction Fast II * Course # 3704

A follow-up class to Introducing the Short Short Story with more examples of published very short stories and flash fiction. More classroom exercises. More sharing. If you want to write, need some impetus to either get started or write more, consider this class. You will be amazed how much you can do in a day's class

Saturday, October 10, 9:00A - 3:00P

Cost: $56.55

Instructor: Ruth Moose


So You Want to Write a Children's Book * Course #3704

Have you always wanted to write a children's book? Start the journey with author Kelly Starling Lyons in a class designed to introduce you to the field. In this one-day workshop, you'll get a basic understanding of children's book genres, mine your life for story ideas, gain insight into the business of children's book publishing, and learn about resources and tools of the trade. By the end of the class, you'll be steps closer to making your dream come true.

Saturday, November 1, 10:00A - 4:00P

Cost: $56.55

Instructor: Kelly Starling Lyons

Creative Writing Program INSTRUCTORS

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Will Bennett wrote the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Corporate Rock among others, and produced the Off-Broadway cult hit Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy, starring Corey Feldman. Before joining the theatre ranks, he worked as a journalist in NYC, and taught fiction writing at the University of Virginia, where he earned an MFA. He also holds an MA in Writing for Performance from the University of London. For the past few years, he has worked as a guide and co-owner of a whitewater rafting company in Montana, where he continues to write and edit manuscripts of all kinds, shapes, and sizes.

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Tara Lynne Groth is a full-time freelance writer. She writes search engine-optimized web content and magazine articles. Her features have surfaced in markets like AirTran Airways' GO Magazine and Blue Ridge Outdoors. Her poetry and short fiction were published in Iodine, Mused Literary Review, and dozens of other publications. www.taralynnegroth.com





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Rick Bylina (1953-2054) was born on a snowy night in New Jersey (or so he was told) and expects to die, "...wailing against that goodnight...," with keyboard in his lap. But for now, he lives with his wife, Carrie, and their 20-year-old cockatiel, Sydney, in the woods near Lake Jordan. Ongoing corporate downsizing in the early 21st century convinced him to tap into his passion and so he started scribbling any crazy idea that crossed his mind. After gaining discipline, he wrote his debut mystery novel, One Promise Too Many, the first in a series featuring Detective Roger Stark, and All Of Our Secrets followed, along with a collection of short stories, Bathroom Reading--Short Stories for Short Visits, and a poetry book, Poems for Platypus. Follow his blog at http://rickbylina.blogspot.com

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Marjorie Hudson's debut story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, garnered a 2012 Pen/Hemingway Honorable Mention, and her creative nonfiction book, Searching for Virginia Dare, was a North Carolina Notable Book. A recipient of a 2012 NC Arts Council Fellowship, she lectures and teaches at universities, libraries, literary festivals, and her own Kitchen Table Workshops. Her MFA is from Warren Wilson College. Stay up-to-date on Marjorie's activities at marjoriehudson.com, and follow her blog at www.kitchentablewriters.wordpress.com.




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Melissa Delbridge ("honest, funny, and fiercely Southern" Poets & Writers Magazine) has won awards from the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Southern Humanities Review, and the Southern Women Writers Conference for her nonfiction and fiction. Her essays have won special mention in Best American Essays and the Pushcart anthologies. In her essay collection, Family Bible (University of Iowa Press, 2008), she explores themes of race, gender, and sexuality as they impacted her life in the 1960s and 1970s




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Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories, and history into stories of discovery. Her books include CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection, Tea Cakes for Tosh, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and winner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Award for Juvenile Literature (sponsored by the AAUW of North Carolina); and Hope's Gift, a Storytelling World Award winner and SIBA Okra Pick. Learn more at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.

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Ralph Earle is a long-time Chatham County resident whose poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, The Sun, Main Street Rag Poetry Review, and many other periodicals and anthologies. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from UNC-CH, and has taught poetry writing there as well as at CCCC and the Arts Center of Carrboro. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Writers Network.






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Ruth Moose, an award-winning poet and short-story writer, including the 2013 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Award for Doing It at the Dixie Dew: A Mystery. Moose was on the UNC creative writing faculty for fifteen years. She's published three collections of short stories with individual stories in Atlantic, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and LHJ, as well as in the UK, Denmark, Holland and S. Africa. Moose has had a MacDowell Fellowship, stories read on NPR, stories anthologized in various textbooks, an NEA Fellowship and the Chapman Award for teaching. Her sixth poetry collection, The Librarian, is into a third printing. Learn more at www.ruthmoose.com.



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