English: Creative Writing, Certificate of Achievement

The Creative Writing Certificate of Achievement program provides students the opportunity to pursue their interest in writing through intensive study and practice of the literary arts. Students create original, polished creative work in multiple genres and discuss creative works in a supportive writing workshop environment. The program benefits students planning to major in Creative Writing at a four-year institution and anyone with an interest in exploring their creativity and developing stronger writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Read, analyze and write works of creative prose and poetry.
  • Suggest improvements (in writing and in discussion) to works evaluated, using concepts and vocabulary appropriate to the relevant literary genre.
  • Revise their own works of creative prose and poetry, applying concepts and techniques appropriate to the relevant literary genre.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
ENGL 31Introduction to Creative Writing3
or ENGL 32 Creative Writing II
Select four courses from the following (at least three of the four must be Creative Writing courses; courses may not be repeated; all courses must be taken at MPC):12
Creative Writing Courses
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing II
Fiction Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Novel Writing
Novel Writing II
Magazine Editing and Publishing I
Magazine Editing and Publishing II
Literature Courses
Introduction to Great Books
Literature by and About Women
Introduction to Shakespeare
Introduction to Poetry
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Comics As Literature
Survey of World Literature I
Survey of World Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
Total Units15

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.