Creative Writing, Specialized Diploma


This Creative Writing Specialized Diploma is a 20 credit program designed for students interested in becoming professional creative writers. Students who complete this program will produce an author portfolio that will allow them to begin seeking publication, and/or begin applying to four-year writing programs. Students will have opportunities to interact with visiting writers, attend readings and workshops, organize readings and workshops, and present their work to the NCC community. The Creative Writing Specialized Diploma is designed to be earned either alongside the AA degree in Liberal Arts (English or other concentration) or on its own.


Students who complete this certificate successfully will be able to: 

1. Create and revise original creative works that use varied literary techniques and are ready for publishing consideration.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of literature and of their own writing.

3. Communicate effectively in multiple creative genres and with multiple audiences in both writing and speech.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the publishing industry, trustworthy resources in the publishing process, and various options for seeking publication of their creative works. 



First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

Second Semester

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Third Semester

ENGL253Creative Writing

3 credits

Elective +

3 credits

Elective ++

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Fourth Semester

ENGL254Creative Writing Portfolio

1 Credit

Elective ++

3 credits

+Literature Electives include: all ENGL numbered 200 level, except ENGL211G, ENGL215G, ENGL253, ENGL258, ENGL267

++Creative Writing Electives include: CMTH225G, ENGL258, ENGL267, JOUR201G, JOUR202, PUBL101, PUBL102 (please note: Only one of PUBL101 or PUBL102 may be applied to this program)