F191. Creative Writing as Job Training

Room L100 B&C, Lower Level
Friday, April 10, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Politicians now call for increased funding for colleges that serve working class students, but emphasize courses and programs tied to workforce development. This heightens the tension between vocational training and academics at two-year colleges, and even BA and MFA programs are asked to justify their role in creating future workers. Where do instructors fit into this scenario? Can we move beyond corporate rhetoric and demonstrate that creative writing is a marketable 21st century skill?



Simone Zelitch is assistant chair of literature and creative writing at Community College of Philadelphia where she established a creative writing certificate and currently coordinates the English degree. A 2010 recipient of an NEA grant, her fourth novel, Waveland, is forthcoming in 2015.

Mary Kay Jennings is past English department chair at San Jacinto College North in Houston, a veteran professor of creative writing, composition, and literature, faculty editor of Prism, and author of several published stories.

Geoff Herbach teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State, Mankato and is the author of four young adult titles (Stupid FastNothing SpecialI'm With Stupid, and Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders) and the literary novel Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg.

Ryan Stone is the author of the short story collection Best Road Yet. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he currently serves as the president of the Two-Year College Caucus. He teaches writing and literature at Danville Area Community College in Illinois.

Cary Waterman is the author of five books of poems. Her last book, Book of Fire, was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award. Her poems are included in Poets Against the War and Where One Song Ends, Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry. She teaches in the MFA program at Augsburg College.


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