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Creative writing is the ultimate form of self-expression.

The courses required for our Academic Certificate in Creative Writing will expose you to a community of writers, creative writing activities and workshops. Established authors will provide instruction and offer guidance on improving your writing techniques and marketing your works.

Creative writing courses focus on stories, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, novels, and creating effective scenes.

Electives include writing for magazines, modern fiction, children’s literature, and contemporary cinema.

Major Code: 6224
Award: AC
CIPS Code: 23.1302
Total Credits: 24

Description: 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 used to seek admittance to a bachelor's or master's level creative writing program or that may include work to 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 serves many students, especially women, minorities, seniors, and working adults, who are under-represented in traditional creative writing programs because of cultural, dialect or language differences, scheduling difficulties, financial need, or lack of academic experience. 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.


Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program ++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.

Program Prerequisites

Credits: None

Required Courses

Credits: 21
ENG210may be substituted for CRW150 with permission of Program Director.
CRW150Introduction to Creative Writing 3
 
CRW200must be repeated for a total of two (2) credits.
CRW200Readings for Writers (1) 2
CRW201Portfolio 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:
Students must complete two (2) of the following courses for a total of six (6) credits.
CRW120Introduction to Writing Children's Literature 3
CRW160Introduction to Writing Poetry 3
CRW170Introduction to Writing Fiction 3
CRW172Introduction to Comic Book Writing 3
CRW180Introduction to Writing Nonfiction 3
CRW190Introduction to Screenwriting 3
THE118Playwriting 3
 
Series II: Credits:
Students must complete three (3) of the following courses for a total of nine (9) credits.
CRW202The Writer as Witness 3
CRW203Dialogue 3
CRW204Journaling 3
CRW220Intermediate Writing Children's Literature 3
CRW251Topics in Creative Writing 3
CRW260Intermediate Poetry Writing 3
CRW261Topics in Writing: Poetry 3
CRW270Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
CRW271Topics in Writing: Fiction 3
CRW272Planning and Structuring the Novel 3
CRW273Writing the Novel 3
CRW274Revising the Novel 3
CRW281Topics in Writing: Non-Fiction 3
CRW290Intermediate Screenwriting 3
CRW291Topics in Writing: Plays 3

Restricted Electives

Credits: 3
CRW+++++ Any CRW Creative Writing prefixed course not listed under Required Courses area.
ENG235Magazine Article Writing 3
ENG/THE260Film Analysis 3
ENH+++++ Any ENH English Humanities prefixed course
HUM/THF210Contemporary Cinema 3

Program Competencies

  • 1. Use a variety of sources and techniques to generate ideas for creative writing. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW220, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 2. Effectively manipulate language in a variety of creative writing genres, with attention to precision, appropriateness, conciseness, connotation, and freshness. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW220, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204,CRW251, CRW260,CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 3. Effectively use figurative language in a variety of creative writing genres. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201,CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251,CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 4. Effectively use imagery in a variety of creative writing genres. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201,CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 5. Distinguish between showing and telling and write samples of both in creative writing. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 6. Use a variety of techniques to control the reader-writer relationship in a creative work. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 7. Describe the function of the main elements that characterize two different genres of creative writing. (For example, in fiction those elements would be plot, conflict, character, setting, point of view, and dialogue.) (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW200, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 8. Write creative work in at least two different genres, manipulating the main elements that characterize those genres. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 9. Define and describe the following genres and literary types: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, stage play, screenplay, children's literature, horror, romance, science fiction, and action/adventure. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW220, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 10. Choose the appropriate genre for a creative work. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 11. In a workshop setting, analyze, evaluate, and critique one's own writing as well as the writing of others. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW220, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 12. Read one's creative work aloud to a group. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW220, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 13. Use a variety of techniques to revise and improve one's own creative work. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW220, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 14. Write complete, marketable creative works in at least two different genres, using appropriate manuscript form. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 15. Identify resources and markets available to the creative writer. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW220, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 16. Explain United States copyright laws relating to works of creative writing. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 17. Explain the writer's responsibilities in avoiding plagiarism, acquiring permission to use copyrighted material, and engaging in contracts. (CRW120, CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW172, CRW180, CRW190, CRW201, CRW202, CRW203, CRW204, CRW251, CRW260, CRW261, CRW270, CRW271, CRW272, CRW273, CRW274, CRW281, CRW290, CRW291, THE118)

  • 18. Compile a portfolio of at least 25 pages of writing in appropriate manuscript form. (CRW201)

Offered through the Creative Writing program

All information 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.

Complete information for AC - Creative Writing can be found HERE

Please refer to the MCCCD CCTA website for official information on all programs.

  • The goal of creative writing is not to educate, inform or provide lengthy arguments on a particular subject matter but to be able to connect with the emotions and intellect of the audience in general.
  • A good creative writer is able to evoke imagination and connect with the feelings of the readers.
  • Most of the creative writing work consists of fiction as well as non-fiction pieces. Fiction work consists of imaginary characters, plot and the whole story whereas non-fiction work is usually based on some real life incident.
  • Some of the popular aspects of creative writing are mystery, suspense, travel, rural life and romance. Some of the famous creative writers include Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Michael Crichton and Sydney Sheldon.

(Source: Wikibook.org)