The Zone Student Portal is unavailable. However, you can still access Class-Web and Zonemail
Employee Email Issue: Currently, Outlook is experiencing difficulties accessing email. Please use web mail or your phone Outlook app.

Upcoming English Courses

2020-2021 Academic Year Literature and Creative Writing Classes

The following is the schedule of offerings for this academic year. Note that some literature courses are offered only every other year. Please contact English Faculty Homeira Foth hfoth@chabotcollege.edu for questions about schedules. See below for complete class descriptions and information:

Fall 2020:

  • English 11 A/B/C: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 12 A/B/C: Craft of Fiction
  • English 22: Mexican-American and Latina/o Literature
  • English 25: Asian American Literature
  • English 32: US Women's Literature
  • English 35: Modern U.S. Literature
  • English 37: Proofreading for College Writing
  • English 48: Literature of the Holocaust

Spring 2021:

  • English 11 A/B/C: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • English 12 A/B: Craft of Writing: Fiction
  • English 13 A/B: Craft of Writing: Fiction
  • English 19: Chabot Review
  • English 20: Shakespeare
  • English 21: Evolution of the Black Writer
  • English 28: Youth Literature
  • English 31: Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • English 37: Proofreading for College Writing
  • English 41: World Literature

Spring 2021 Literature and Creative Writing Courses

(Note: Updated information about course schedules below. All literature and creative writing classes will be offered online with no required on-campus meetings. Some classes will still meet virtually at scheduled times; other classes will have no required meeting times. Check details for each class.)

English 11 A/B/C: Introduction to Creative Writing

Instructor: Theresa Puckett, tpuckett@chabotcollege.edu

English 12 A/B: The Craft of Writing: Fiction

Instructor: Kristin Land, kland@chabotcollege.edu

English 13 A/B: The Craft of Writing: Poetry

Instructor: Kristin Land, kland@chabotcollege.edu

English 19A/B: Chabot Review: Literary Magazine Workshop

Instructor: Monique Williams, mwilliams@chabotcollege.edu

English 20: Shakespeare

Stephanie Zappa, szappa@chabotcollege.edu

English 21: Evolution of the Black Writer

Instructor: Simon Abramowitsch, sabramowitsch@chabotcollege.edu

English 28: Youth Literature

Instructor: Mark Anderson, manderson@chabotcollege.edu

English 31: Gay and Lesbian Literature

Instructor: Michael Langdon, mlangdon@chabotcollege.edu

English 37: Proofreading for College Writing

Instructor: Michael Langdon, mlangdon@chabotcollege.edu

English 41: World Literature

Instructor: Homeira Foth, mfoth@chabotcollege.edu

Fall 2020 Literature and Creative Writing Courses

(Note: Updated information about course schedules below. All literature and creative writing classes will be offered online with no required on-campus meetings. Some classes will still meet virtually at scheduled times; other classes will have no required meeting times. Check details for each class.)

English 11 A/B/C: Creative Writing

Colorful designs coming out of inkpen tip.

English 11A/B/C is a fun and dynamic class that will allow you to explore your writer's voice in a safe and supportive community. We'll complete exercises in both poetry and fiction that will help you develop your skills and stretch your imagination. All levels of experience are welcome!

*Register for English 11A if you have never taken the course; register for 11B if you are taking the course for the second time; register for 11C if you are taking the course for the third time.

English 11A/B/C-071 meets Tuesday nights from 7-9:50 p.m. Now online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course does not meet on specific days and times.
English 11A/B/C-ON1 is a fully-online class that will be conducted entirely on Canvas.

Instructor: Theresa Puckett, tpuckett@chabotcollege.edu

English 12 A/B: Craft of Writing Fiction

Word cloud for fiction writing

Find your inner storyteller! Do you have stories you want to tell?  Do you want a chance to find out?  Would you like to read the work of other students and get and give feedback to your peers? Then English 12 A/B* is for you! We will read some short stories, do a number of exercises both in and out of class, and build skills as well as explore the countless possibilities that writing fiction offers. AND we’ll have fun doing it!

*Register for English 12A if you have never taken the course; register for 12B if you are repeating the course.

TTh, 10:30-11:45am Online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course will meet on the specific days and times stated.

Instructor: Stephanie Zappa, szappa@chabotcollege.edu

English 22: Mexican American/Latino Literature of the U.S.

Photograph of mural on Mi Tierra Foods in Berkeley

We will read poems by Javier Zamora, who came from El Salvador as an unaccompanied child migrant, and by Willie Perdomo, who grew up in Spanish Harlem. We will read fiction by Helena Maria Viramontes about the lives of young people in East L.A. in the 1960s and 70s. We will read drama by Luis Valdez about zoot suiters in the 1940s. In this class we will read a variety of literature by U.S. Latinx authors, writing in different time periods and from different backgrounds.

MW 12:00-1:15pm Now online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course does not meet on specific days and times.

Instructor: Simon Abramowitsch, sabramowitsch@chabotcollege.edu

English 25: Asian American Literature

Colorful graphic of South Asian imagery

​What is it like to live in the US but have roots in Asia? What is it like when your parents’ version of “home” or “respect” is not the same as yours? What do you say to someone who says “All Asians look alike”? Can you be Asian American if you don’t speak your parents’ language or eat the food your grandmother craves? In this class, we will explore great works of fiction, poetry and film that showcase Asian American experiences, with an emphasis on contemporary works. Class themes include the experiences of refugees and immigrants and the pressures of assimilation, but also generation gaps and culture clashes, battles over gender roles and stereotypes, and cultural pride. This discussion-based class is perfect for anyone looking to know more about the experiences of Asian-Americans and Asians in America. Prepare to enjoy.

TTh, 2:00-3:15pm Online course with no required on-campus meetings. Class will meet together virtually every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m. You must be available, with your camera on, at that time. If you have questions, please contact Professor Tenn.

Instructor: Shoshanna Tenn, stenn@chabotcollege.edu

English 32: U.S. Women's Literature

Cover of Vintage Book of American Women Writers

Are you a woman?  A man?  Lesbian?  Gay?  Straight?  Cisgender?  Queer?  Gender non-conforming?  Inter-Trans-Pan- gender?  Young?  Old? AND do you like to read? This fall, take US Women’s Literature, English 32! We’ll read the work of some of the most brilliant, and influential, authors ever!   Of course women’s literature deals with more than sexuality, but women’s voices explore sexual identity in ways often overlooked, assumed, or omitted by others. We’ll read poetry, short fiction, novels, and plays by Toni Morrison, Alison Bechdel, Grace Paley, Louise Erdrich, Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, Becky Birtha, Leslie Marmon Silko, and many others!  You will have the chance to explore some strong, beautiful voices, and discuss them with your peers. AND we’ll have fun doing it!

MW, 1:30-2:45pm Online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course will meet on the specific days and times stated.

Instructor: Stephanie Zappa, szappa@chabotcollege.edu

English 35: Modern and Contemporary American Literature

Collage by Romare Bearden, The Street (1964)

Explore what it means to be American and what it means to write America: Bustling cities, snow-covered country roads, family drama, political scandal, war-time trauma, manners, brutality, songs of self and the nation. Students will survey the literary periods of Realism, the Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, and Post-Modernism and authors such as Edith Wharton, Langston Hughes, Eugene O'Neill, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and more. Required for the English AAT Degree (Associate in Arts for Transfer).

TTH, 1:00-2:15pm Now online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course does not meet on specific days and times.

Instructor: Mark Anderson, manderson@chabotcollege.edu

English 37: Proofreading for College Writers

Photograph of red ink proofreading markup

In this class we learn the components and rules of English grammar, syntax, and punctuation. We will work to  identifying and correcting sentence-level errors in conjunction with writing and editing college-level essays. We will also use exercises to help you write more sophisticated and varied sentences. This course works well as a support class for other classes in which writing is a focus. It involves a strong writing component but may utilize assignments from other classes.

MW, 1:30-2:45pm Now online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course does not meet on specific days and times.

Instructor: Michael Langdon, mlangdon@chabotcollege.edu

English 48: Literature of the Holocaust

Art Spiegelman, Self-Portrait With Maus Mask, 1989

In Literature of the Holocaust, we will read and think about how writers and filmmakers have tried to describe the experience and legacy of the Holocaust--the World War II genocide of Jews by the Nazis. How do people try to write about such terrifying, horrible REAL experiences? Graphic novels, autobiography, poetry, short story, and films try to figure it out! We will also think about how the Holocaust and Holocaust Literature relates to other racial genocides and oppression--in particular the history of American white supremacy against Indian and Black people that actually influenced Hitler.

M, 6:30-9:20pm Now online course with no required on-campus meetings. Course does not meet on specific days and times.

Instructor: Simon Abramowitsch, sabramowitsch@chabotcollege.edu