Academic Certificate in Creative Writing

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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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Academic Certificate
Academic Plan
Creative Writing (AC)
Academic Plan Code
6224N
Total Credits Required
24
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map 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.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this 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* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers

$66,397

* 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

Admission Criteria

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

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and completion of 100-200 course and/or program requirements.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW150 Introduction to Creative Writing Critical course Gateway course ENG210 maybe substituted for CRW150 with permission of Program Director 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Series I Series 1 Select in consultation with the program director. 3
Series I Series 1 Select in consultation with the program director. 3
CRW200 Readings for Writers 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Series II Series 2 Select in consultation with the program director. 3
CRW200 Readings for Writers 1
Series II Series 2 Select in consultation with the program director. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW201 Portfolio 1
Series II Series 2 Select in consultation with the program director. 3

Series 1

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. 
CRW120 Introduction to Writing Children`s Literature 3 
CRW160 Introduction to Writing Poetry 3 
CRW170 Introduction to Writing Fiction 3 
CRW172 Introduction to Comic Book Writing 3 
CRW180 Introduction to Writing Nonfiction 3 
CRW190 Introduction to Screenwriting 3 
THE118 Playwriting 3 

Series II

Series II: Credits: 9 
Students must complete three (3) of the following courses for a total of nine (9) credits. 
+ CRW202 The Writer as Witness 3 
+ CRW203 Dialogue 3 
+ CRW204 Journaling 3 
+ CRW220 Intermediate Writing Children`s Literature 3 
CRW251 Topics in Creative Writing 3 
+ CRW260 Intermediate Poetry Writing 3 
+ CRW261 Topics in Writing: Poetry 3 
+ CRW270 Intermediate Fiction Writing 3 
+ CRW271 Topics in Writing: Fiction 3 
+ CRW272 Planning and Structuring the Novel 3 
+ CRW273 Writing the Novel 3 
+ CRW274 Revising the Novel 3 
+ CRW281 Topics in Writing: Non-Fiction 3 
+ CRW290 Intermediate Screenwriting 3 
+ CRW291 Topics in Writing: Plays 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW+++ Any Creative Writing Course not listed in Required Courses area 1–3
ENG235 Magazine Article Writing 3
ENG/THE260 Film Analysis 3
ENH+++ Any English Humanities Course 3
THF210 or
HUM210
Contemporary Cinema or Contemporary Cinema HU 3

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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