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 six workshops are being offered in the Spring 2014 term.

All classes meet on the Pittsboro campus.

Fall registration begins Wednesday, December 4, 2013 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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Writing Poetry From Scratch* Course #1265

Never wrote a poem before? Want to try? Ruth Moose can take you from idea to poem and maybe even more poems. You can do it. We'll do it together in a fun, fun class of making things with words!

.Wednesdays 6:00P - 8:00P, January 15 - February 19

Cost: $126.25

Instructor: Ruth Moose


Wrestling Your Novel into Submission * Course #1281

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.

Thursdays, 6:30P - 9:00P, January 16 - February 20

Cost: $111.25

Instructor: Rick Bylina


Playwriting/Screenwriting * Course #1283

This course will give students a fundamental understanding of writing for performance through studying great screenwriters and playwrights - particularly the components of dramatic structure, plot, conflict, dialog, theme, tone and theatricality - with the specific goal of integrating these elements of craft into their own writing. It will include class discussion of take-home readings and film, and a thorough examination of students' creative work. Students will work towards the completion of a new screenplay or stage play, or one already in progress. This course is suitable for writers at any level.

Wednesdays, 6:30P - 9:00P, February 5 - April 23

Cost: $215.25

Instructor: William Bennett


Book of Your Heart: Strategies for Writing a Novel * Course #1268

This course builds on Wrestling Your Novel into Submission by focusing on tools needed to prepared your manuscript for publication. These tools include: character development, point of view, dialogue issues, genre expectations, query letters, and synopses. The course will also cover how to critique your own work and that of others and finally how to submit manuscripts to agents and editors..

Tuesdays, 6:30P - 9:00P, March 4 - April 22

Cost: $126.25

Instructor: Judith Stanton

Spring 2013


Open Mic? Yikes! Reading Your Work in Public * Course #1269

This workshop covers how authors present their work in public and stresses practice, pacing, inflection, interpretation and gaining confidence

Saturday, February 1, 10:00A - 1:00P

Cost: $41.25

Instructor: Judith Stanton


Unforgettable Children's Book Characters * Course #1282

Memorable characters are at the heart of great children's literature. In this course, writers will learn techniques and approaches to deepen the characters in their stories, to uncover motivations that will resonate with young readers, and to create powerful transformations. Students will look at examples of unforgettable characters from children's literature and have opportunities to make their own characters even stronger through interactive exercises and instructor feedback.

Saturday, February 15, 10:00A - 4:00P

Cost: $51.25

Instructor: John Claude Bemis


Dark Gothic Romance * Course #1284

The fiction of dark gothic romance encompasses elements of horror, erotica, and romance. In this exploration of the genre, students will examine the reasons for its current popularity and learn to incorporate the conventions that constitute best practices in their own writing.

Saturday, February 22, 10:00A - 3:00P

Cost: $51.25

Instructor: Kim Overcash


Poetry Workshop: Make Your Words Matter * Course #1267

We will discuss the word choices of master poems, learn how diction influences poetry, and how best to use the parts of speech in poetry. Finally, we will look at some "persona" poems, learn how to create different personas through word choices, and share your work with fellow students.

Saturday, March 15, 9:30A - 4:30P

Cost: $61.25

Instructor: Ralph Earle


Poetry Workshop: Revising Your Poems * Course #1266

Students will learn how to revise a first draft, master techniques for revising subsequent drafts, and study how to improve titles. We will look at multiple revisions of a single poem, and students will spend time on their own revisions. Bring one or more poems to revise.

Saturday, April 12, 9:30A - 4:30P

Cost: $61.25

Instructor: Ralph Earle


Memoir Workshop * Course #1285

What makes memoir different from autobiography? What should you include? What should you leave out? How do you keep it focused and interesting for the reader? How do you develop a voice that carries you and the reader along? We'll look at some great samples of memoir writing from David Sedaris, Mary Karr, Jennette Walls, and others, then we'll plunge into a series of writing and brainstorming exercise designed to give you a structure of support for your memoir-writing project.

Saturday, April 5, 10:30A - 4:00P

Cost: $51.25

Instructor: Marjorie Hudson

Creative Writing Program INSTRUCTORS

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John Claude Bemis is the recipient of this year's Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill's School of Education and was the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's LiteratureA dynamic speaker and presenter, John has written four novels for young readers including The Nine Pound Hammer, which was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book and is the winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, and The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, an Amazon Editor's Pick: Best Book for Summer Reading 2013Learn more about John and his books at

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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, and follow her blog at


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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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Kim Overcash earned her B.A. in English at UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.A. in English-Creative Writing at NCSU and has published her fiction in independent gothic publications. She teaches English full-time for Central Carolina Community College's Humanities Department and is working on a dark romance short story collection.







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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

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Ruth Moose, an award-winning poet and short-story writer, including the Malice Domestic Award for a novel to be published by St. Martin's Press in 2014. 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, 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.



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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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Judith Stanton is author of seven novels, a RITA finalist and a poet, Judith Stanton has enjoyed work as a scholar, university professor, and acquiring fiction editor for an epublisher. Her first contemporary suspense, A Stallion to Die For (2012) is garnering top reviews on Amazon. In 2013, her two Regency historical novels--The Mad Marquis and The Kissing Gate--are being reissued by Amazon Publishing's Montlake Romance. And her own Cat Crossing Press is publishing Under a Prairie Moon, a western historical romance.

Judith lives in the country near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she and her husband tend to her elderly equine friends and a house and barn full of rescued cats.

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