Creative Writing Academic Certificate


The certificate program in Creative Writing is a 33-credit program designed to help students grow as writers and readers. Guided by our accomplished faculty, students will take a sequence of literature and creative writing courses, have opportunities to interact with visiting writers, and attend readings, workshops, festivals and other special events. The program culminates in a capstone course, Portfolio Development, designed to help students prepare to apply to four-year writing programs and develop manuscripts for publication. Students earning the certificate in Creative Writing may elect to continue their education at the College by earning the A.A. degree in Liberal Arts by completing 28 additional credits.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Examine literature as a model for their original work.
  • Understand and use techniques necessary for the mastery of the craft of creative writing.
  • Improve their creative writing skills through feedback and continued revision.
  • Gain insight into local and national resources for writers and the publication process.
  • Complete a portfolio of original work for publication or submission to other creative writing programs.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to all interested students. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their certificate program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Receipt of the academic certificate is based on completion of a minimum of 33 credits of required courses, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Course Sequence:

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

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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