Creative Writing Academic Certificate

Develop a portfolio that will prepare you to develop a manuscript for publishing.

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Grow as a Writer and a Reader

You will take literature and creative writing courses; have opportunities to interact with visiting writers; and attend readings, workshops, festivals and other special events. Throughout this program, you will learn techniques necessary for the mastery of the craft of creative writing, improve your creative writing skills through feedback and continued revision, and gain insight into local and national resources for writers and the publication process. Our program culminates in a capstone course, Portfolio Development, which is designed to help you prepare to apply to four-year writing programs and develop manuscripts for publication.

Careers

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Proofreader and Copy Marker – est. salary $36,954*
Poet, Lyricist and Creative Writer – est. salary $44,762*

 

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.



Transfer Opportunities

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Creative Writing Academic Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Summer I

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits
ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 credits

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3 credits
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   credits
Social Science Elective   credits
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing ENGL 101 credits

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits

Literature course

ENGL 101 must be completed prior to taking any literature courses except for ENGL 190 where ENGL 101 and ENGL 190 may be taken concurrently. 3 credits
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits
Directed Elective - Select one of the following:
Literature course or
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater
(ENGL 137 recommended for students taking ENGL 282)


ENGL 101
3 credits
Select one of the following:
ENGL 280 - Poetry Writing or

For ENGL 280, 281, 282: ENGL 205
For ENGL 283: ENGL 102 or ENGL 205
3 credits

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits
Select one of the following:
ENGL 280 - Poetry Writing or
ENGL 281 - Fiction Writing or ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting or ENGL 283 - Nonfiction Writing: Memoir and Literary Journalism

For ENGL 280, 281, 282: ENGL 205
For ENGL 283: ENGL 102 or ENGL 205
3 credits
ENGL 285 - Portfolio Development Two of the following: ENGL 280, 281, 282, 283 one of which may be taken concurrently 3 credits

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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