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Creative Writing

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!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Estrella Mountain Community College?

Expressing ideas, thoughts and feelings through story is as old as time! The Creative Writing program at EMCC is an inclusive, flexible 24-credit program to reach the Certificate of Completion in Creative Writing. Faculty are practicing writers who are multicultural and internationally focused, offering students access to nationally recognized authors and poets. A portfolio is required to enter, and faculty are available to assist students prior to their portfolio submission. The Creative Writing program at EMCC is the first of its kind in the West Valley, providing students access to a national and international network of published writers via seminars, webinars and online. The Creative Writing program also works with other Fine Arts programs on campus to provide a comprehensive fine arts experience.