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Creative Writing

Students at any college can earn an award (degree or cert) in any of these programs. However, students may need to complete certain courses at other colleges within the District.

Program Overview

Have you always dreamed of being a published fiction writer? Or are you looking to get a degree and pursue a career as an editor, copywriter, or lyricist? However big your goals are, our Creative Writing program will help you sharpen your creative writing skills and become a strong, confident writer.

By enrolling in the program, you will engage with a community of supportive writers through classes, workshops, and contests that will help you market your work. Program instructors will teach you how to analyze and evaluate aesthetic values, literary styles, and technical elements and theories across multiple genres and you will explore the dynamic relationships among people, cultures, and the physical world. You'll receive guidance from established authors during the creative writing process through problem-solving, experimentation, and inspiration to produce original fiction and non-fiction work across multiple genres. Upon completing the program, you will have a portfolio worthy of publication.

Begin writing your story today with the Creative Writing program!

Why Scottsdale Community College?

Students planning to major in English are interested in creativity, critical thinking, and interpretation. They have a love for storytelling, reading, and expression of all kinds. They are trained to think deeply and to express themselves clearly through writing, to analyze complex information, to see the connections between events and people, and, above all, to know the power of language. Some of our best student thinking is published in Two Waters Review, our department publication of argumentation and analysis.

Students in the English program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their English studies.

The 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.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Transfer to university creative writing programs
  • Application for fellowships, writer’s colonies and writing competitions
  • Publication in peer reviewed journals

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.