Creative Writing

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Joshua Rathkamp

Full Time Faculty - English


This program is part of the English Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society
Creative Writing

Maya Angelou to Ernest Hemingway to Guillermo Del Toro and Kendrick Lamar. Masters of their craft who share one thing in common. Each started their brilliant career as a student of creative writing.

The creative writer is different from the journalist, the academic, or the technical writer. Creative writers are novelists and playwrights, poets and songwriters who write novellas, sonnets, screenplays, ballads, and more. Creative writers ignite the imagination of their audience with the expression of ideas, emotions, and of stories. They create their art with the written word.

From writing mystery stories to structuring a novel to crafting a poem, the Creative Writing program at MCC will provide you with what you need to begin your journey as a creative writer.

Transfer Degrees

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Creative Writing program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Creative Writing) English (Creative Writing) Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) English (Creative Writing)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University English (Creative Writing Emphasis)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Literature) English (Literature) Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) English (Literature)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) English
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts) English
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University English
(Bachelor of Arts)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Creative Writing program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Creative Writing program is available through the English department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.