The Maricopa County Community College District’s Academic Certificate in Creative Writing Program offers a unique and innovative opportunity for those interested in pursuing a course of study in creative writing in a vibrant community of award-winning, nationally renowned authors of fiction, poetry, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. Instruction includes both traditional and online classes, workshops, and conferences that are accessible to writers of all levels regardless of academic or professional standing. Students also have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working on the editorial board of award-winning literary magazines.
The Creative Writing Program is a shared educational endeavor available through several MCCCD colleges. Any creative writing courses taken at certificate-offering campuses are transferable toward the certificate.
Only six of the required 24 certificate credits must be earned at the individual college in which students enroll, offering writers tremendous flexibility in course scheduling and convenience. Completion of the
Academic Certificate in Creative Writing does not lead to a particular degree program but is intended to help writers develop their talent and craft, as well as their continued enjoyment of writing for personal growth.
Upon completing a certificate, each student produces an original writing portfolio that may be included in applications to undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing.