Creative writers discuss their experiences in poetry and fiction classes on Valencia's East Campus and how this inspires their personal growth and professional goals.

Creative Writing Course Offerings for Spring 2021

  • CRW2001 Creative Writing & Adv. Comp CRN 20623
  • CRW2100 Introduction to Fiction CRN 23444
  • CRW2300 Introduction to Poetry CRN 23445
  • CRW2930 Selected Topics in Creative Writing CRN 25535

Creative Writing Faculty Bios

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Holly Elliott

Professor, English

    Dr. Holly Elliott, a native of Palatka, Florida, earned a B.A. in Literature and an M.A., and Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She served as Associate Poetry Editor and then Poetry Editor for The Southeast Review while attending F.S.U. and was awarded the George M. Harper Award in Graduate Essay Writing. She has previously taught composition, literature and creative writing courses at Florida State University, and at the University of Central Florida, where she served as content advisor for the first-year writing publication, Stylus. Publications include works selected for Dream Fantasy International, Strange Horizons, and Barnyard Horror. She has been teaching at Valencia College since 2007.

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    Kirsten Holt

    Professor, English

      Kirsten Holt received her MFA in poetry from the University of Central Florida. Her chapbook "Overwintered" was the winner of the 2010 Annual Chapbook Contest and is available from Yellowjacket Press. She has served as managing editor for The Florida Review, and reads for Sweet: A Literary Confection. Kirsten presented her paper, "Video Games as Legitimate Literature" at the 2012 AWP Conference in Boston, and continues to push for higher learning in alternative art forms. Recent work can be found in the Louisville Review, Portland Review, and Orion. She has been teaching Valencia College since 2013.

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      Shari Koopmann

      Professor, English

        Shari Koopmann holds a bachelor's degree in English from Bloomsburg University, a master's degree in literature from the University of New Hampshire, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Central Florida. She has published poetry in various small press journals, including Second-Hand Production's Falling Star Magazine, Day Break Press's Prism Quarterly, and Ascent Aspirations Magazine's anthologies Aqua Terra and Close to Quitting Time, in which she was awarded first and second prizes for her poems "Today's Lesson: Staying Dry" and "Treading Water" respectively. Bella Books published her third novel in February of 2019. Shari has also published articles of literary criticism in the Atlantic Literary Review, the Atlantic Critical Review Quarterly, and Studies in Women Writers in English.

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        Tamara Madison

        Professor, English

          Tamara J. Madison is an author, poet, spoken word artist, and editor. Her critical and creative works have been published in various journals, magazines and anthologies. She has performed and recorded her work for stage, television, and studio. Madison holds a BA from Purdue University and a MFA from New England College. She has also studied at the University of Strasbourg in France. She is currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at Valencia College East Campus in Orlando, Florida. Her most recent publication is Threed, This Road Not Damascus, a collection of poetry published by Trio House Press (May 2019). You can find more about her work and journey as a writer on Instagram.

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          English for Academic Purposes Courses

          English for Academic Purposes Full-Time Faculty

          Tanya BizonEAP EACProfessor, EAP(407) 582-2406
          Ian DreilingerEAP EACProfessor, EAP(407) 582-2024
          Nissa HopkinsEAP EACProfessor, EAP(407) 582-2501
          James MayEAP EACProfessor, EAP(407) 582-2047

          English Full-Time Faculty

          Aby BoumarateEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2011
          Susan DauerEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2401
          Nicholas DeArmasEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2185
          Holly ElliottEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2215
          Lauren ErmelEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2437
          Shea FaulknerEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2094
          Randy GordonEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2010
          Victoria GrajedaEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2276
          Clay HollidayEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2751
          Kirsten HoltEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2248
          Zachary HydeEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2647
          Celine Kavalec-MillerEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2345
          Shari KoopmannEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2945
          James LeonardEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2632
          Tamara MadisonEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2819
          Mandy MahaffeyEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2084
          Chiara OjedaEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2521
          Robert SchachelEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2634
          Richard ThomasEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2295
          Summer TrazzeraReading EACProfessor, Reading(407) 582-2267
          Nicole ValentinoEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2420
          Marcelle WychaEnglish EACProfessor, English(407) 582-2362

          Journalism Full-Time Faculty

          Rebecca NewmanJournalism EACProfessor, Mass Comm/Journal(407) 582-2294

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          Mass Communication

          Mass Communication Full-Time Faculty

          Edie GaythwaiteSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2485
          Bill GombashSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2356
          Courtney LewisSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2234
          Rebecca NewmanJournalism EACProfessor, Mass Comm/Journal(407) 582-2294

          Public Relations

          Public Relations Full-Time Faculty

          Rebecca NewmanJournalism EACProfessor, Mass Comm/Journal(407) 582-2294

          Speech Courses

          Speech Full-Time Faculty

          Karen Marie BorglumSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2182
          Edie GaythwaiteSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2485
          Bill GombashSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2356
          Margaret GonzalezSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2249
          Alycia LaFavorSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2315
          Courtney LewisSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2234
          Kim LongSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2777
          Mollie McLaughlinSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2266
          Kathleen O'NealSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2252
          Liza SchellpfefferSpeech EACProfessor, Speech(407) 582-2731
          Arri StoneSpeech EACPart-Time Faculty, Speech(407) 582-2370