MCCC Creates Writing Course Just For Military Veterans

Blue Bell/Pottstown, PA —Area military veterans now have a creative outlet to share their experiences with people who understand them best – fellow veterans. 

This fall, the Montgomery County Community College West Campus in Pottstown will offer a new course, English 265 HYBW2, also known as Intro to Creative Writing for Veterans. The course is limited to guest veterans from the community and current MCCC veteran students. 

The three-credit course, which was created by Susan Buchler, assistant professor of English; and Denise Williams, veterans’ resource specialist, will be held on alternating Monday evenings. The workshop setting of the course will include sharing written work such as creative non-fiction, short stories and poetry, and discussing select pieces of literature that are relevant to the course theme – freedom through writing. The course also includes an online component.  

“Back in civilian life, veterans often find there is no place to put memories and experiences and no one to share them with except others who’ve had similar experiences,” said Williams. “Through writing comes the most fascinating, heartfelt poetic work that is engaging and liberating.” 

Buchler, who has had several veterans in her writing courses at MCCC over the years, said the philosophy of the course is to help make the process of writing less threatening, and to create an atmosphere for veterans where there is a shared bond and trust. 

“This course will allow veterans writers to evolve at a unique comfort level,” Buchler said. “Writing about their experiences gives them the opportunity to find their voice and express their deepest feelings and emotions. Studies have shown that, through writing, an individual can find freedom, peach of mind, improved mood and all together healing.” 

The 15-week course runs from August 30 through December 19 and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in South Hall 249 on the MCCC West Campus at 101 College Drive in Pottstown. For more information contact Williams at or Buchler at To register, visit 

Montgomery County Community College is recognized by Military Times as a Best for Vets College, and G.I. Jobs magazine named MCCC a Silver Medal Military Friendly school. The Veterans Resource Center at MCCC, with offices on the Central Campus in Blue Bell and on the West Campus in Pottstown, serves more than 450 veterans, service members and spouse/dependents with their transition to college.  

About Montgomery County Community College 
For more than 50 years, Montgomery County Community College has grown with the community to meet the evolving educational needs of Montgomery County. The College’s comprehensive curriculum includes more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as customized workforce training and certifications. Students enjoy the flexibility of learning at the College’s thriving campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, at the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, and online through a robust Virtual Campus.  

As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, the institution is positioned at the vanguard of national efforts to increase completion, improve learning outcomes, and remove barriers to access for students. The College is also recognized regionally and nationally for its sustainability leadership, work with military veterans, community service and service learning opportunities, and use of classroom technology. For more information, visit 

2010 Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Schools

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Here is the list of Pennsylvania schools who made the cut!

Ancillae-Assumpta Academy

2025 Church Road

Wyncote, PA 19095-1124

Conemaugh Township Area Intermediate School

1516 Tire Hill Road

Johnstown, PA 15905-7822

Cornell Elementary School

1099 Maple Street

Coraopolis, PA 15108-2910

Delaware Valley Middle School

258 Routes 6 & 209

Milford, PA 18337-9454

Devon Elementary School

400 South Fairfield Road

Devon, PA 19333-1712

Franklin Learning Center High School

616 North 15th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130-3487

Harding Elementary School

820 Lincoln Avenue

Erie, PA 16505-5030

Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and

Demonstration School

1699 Spring Garden Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130-3913

Mary, Mother of the Redeemer School

1321 Upper State Road

North Wales, PA 19454-1007

North Dickinson Elementary School

623 West Penn Street

Carlisle, PA 17013-2239

South Fayette Elementary School

3620 Old Oakdale Road

McDonald, PA 15057-3598

Tinicum School

First and Seneca Streets

Essington, PA 19029-1116

 Unami Middle School

160 South Moyer Road

Chalfont, PA 18914-3129

Wylandville Elementary School

1254 Route 519

Eighty Four, PA 15330-2824