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 Composition, Creative Writing & Literature

​Creative Writing

​“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”
--W.H. Auden

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Creative Writing

​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.

​The CGCC Creative Writing Club seeks to cultivate a supportive, encouraging student community of poets, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, and performance artists. Club activities include attending public poetry and fiction readings at local bookstores and ASU, as well as area poetry slams. The Creative Writing Club will also produce and promote several public student readings and slams here at CGCC.

Club members also have the opportunity to produce and edit CGCC’s biannual online student literary journal, The Gila River Review.