Academic Certificate in Creative Writing

Certificate Information

Academic Plan

AC Creative Writing

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society


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This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program ++ indicates any suffixed course.

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Creative Writing program is designed to provide students and professional writers with access to a community of writers and creative writing activities, instruction and guidance from established authors, and ongoing support in improving their writing skills and marketing their work. As students take courses in the program, they will build a portfolio of original work that may be submitted for publication. The program offers classes, workshops, and other activities such as readings and contests, which are accessible to writers of all levels regardless of academic or professional standing. The program aims to serve a diverse community who may be underrepresented in traditional creative writing programs. Completion of the certificate does not lead to a particular degree program, but may aid students in their pursuit of a career in the writing professions and in their continued enjoyment of writing for personal growth.

Admission Criteria

Students who wish to enroll in the Creative Writing program must complete a formal application; contact Program Director.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the aesthetic values and literary styles of diverse eras and cultures.
  2. Evaluate the technical elements and theories of literature across multiple genres.
  3. Interpret the effects of technical craft elements in published literary works.
  4. Explore the dynamic relationships among people, culture, and the physical world.
  5. Demonstrate social responsibility and ethical behavior toward the creation of original works in a culturally diverse world.
  6. Engage the creative process through problem-solving, experimentation, and inspiration to produce original works across multiple genres.
  7. Apply the peer review workshop process to explore, develop, and revise original writing.
  8. Develop one-on-one relationships with creative writing mentors.
  9. Create a portfolio of publication ready work.

Program Prerequisites Credits: None


Required Courses Credits: 21

ENG210Creative Writing (3) may be substituted for CRW150 with permission of Program Director.
CRW150Introduction to Creative Writing3
CRW200must be repeated for a total of two (2) credits.
CRW200Readings for Writers (1)2
Students must complete six (6) credits from Series I and nine (9) credits from Series II in consultation with a Program Director.
Series I: Credits:6
Students must complete two (2) of the following courses for a total of six (6) credits.
CRW120Introduction to Writing Children's Literature3
CRW160Introduction to Writing Poetry3
CRW170Introduction to Writing Fiction3
CRW172Introduction to Comic Book Writing3
CRW180Introduction to Writing Nonfiction3
CRW190Introduction to Screenwriting3
Series II: Credits:9
Students must complete three (3) of the following courses for a total of nine (9) credits.
CRW202The Writer as Witness3
CRW220Intermediate Writing Children's Literature3
CRW251Topics in Creative Writing3
CRW260Intermediate Poetry Writing3
CRW261Topics in Writing: Poetry3
CRW270Intermediate Fiction Writing3
CRW271Topics in Writing: Fiction3
CRW272Planning and Structuring the Novel3
CRW273Writing the Novel3
CRW274Revising the Novel3
CRW281Topics in Writing: Non-Fiction3
CRW290Intermediate Screenwriting3
CRW291Topics in Writing: Plays3

Restricted Electives

CRW+++++ Any CRW Creative Writing prefixed course not listed under Required Courses area.1-3
ENG235Magazine Article Writing3
ENG/THE260Film Analysis3
ENH+++++ Any ENH English Humanities prefixed course3
HUM/THF210Contemporary Cinema3

Free Restricted Electives


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Major: 6224N
First Term: 2019 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AC
Total Credits: 24
CIPS code: 23.1302
SOC codes: 25-1123, 27-3043.05, 43-9081.00, 27-3041.00, 27-3043.04, 27-3091.00
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: - CG, EM, GC, MC, PC, PV, RS, SC
Occupational Area: Not Applicable
Instructional Council: Creative Writing (93)
GPA: 2.0