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Creative Writing

Express your creativity with an Associate of Arts Transfer degree in Creative Writing.

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Tell important stories, create new worlds, entertain and evoke emotions...pursue your passion for writing with an Associate of Arts Transfer degree in Creative Writing. Our expert faculty will support you in honing your writing skills and preparing you for the industry. Learn how to navigate the full writing process, from conception to publication. Build your portfolio while you develop your style and discover which creative writing areas bring your ideas to life. Apply today to start your journey toward a creative writing career.

ACC Admissions
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Scott Guenthner
Program Chair / Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Journalism
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Transfer Options

ACC's Creative Writing Transfer Major AA is designed to transfer exclusively to Adam State University's BA in Creative Writing. Many of the courses are guaranteed to transfer to any 4-year public institution in Colorado. Check with Transfer Services to find options that work for you.

CIP 231302 (OACW)

This program is designed to transfer exclusively to Adam State University's BA in Creative Writing.

The program nurtures beginning and experienced writers with a comprehensive program of creative writing and literature courses. Students are the opportunity to explore multiple genres in creative writing and sharpen critical thinking and analytical skills through the study of past and contemporary literary masters.

Career paths for Creative Writing graduates include authorship, journalism, public relations writing, and self-publication.

A full time student can complete this Associate of Arts (AA) degree in two years. This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year university to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing.

To be successful, students should have a foundation in writing, a passion for storytelling, and an interest in publishing your creative work.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (38 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (4 credit hours)
4 Credits OR any higher MAT GT-MA1 (Except MAT 155/156)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Arts & Humanities must be from two different GT Categories: (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4) 6 Credits
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 3 Credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences Categories (GT-SS1, GT-SS2 or GT-SS3) 6 Credits
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science Categories: SC1-SC2 (3 credits)
  • GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science with Lab Category: SC1 (4 credits)
Student Option (3 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4), OR Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2 or GT-SS3), OR History (GT HI1) 3 Credits
Major Required Courses (16 credit hours)

Choose from the following:

Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered, if there are any pre-requisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

Job Opportunities in Creative Writing

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal

Become a published author or work behind the scenes on the Progenitor. The Progenitor, ACC’s award-winning art and literary journal, has been in continuous production for the life of the college. Produced every spring, this literary journal has consistently ranked among the top college literary magazines in the country, receiving numerous awards for design and content. Submit your work or join our staff (or both)

ACC Progenitor

Arapahoe Pinnacle

ACC Journalism students get hands-on newsroom experience throughout their entire program through our online, student-run news publication the Arapahoe Pinnacle. Have a lead or want to write your own story, submit it directly to the Pinnacle staff! 

Arapahoe Pinnacle staff

ACC Writers Studio

Enhance your ACC studies, improve your writing, showcase your creativity, and add to your resume by getting involved in the ACC Writers Studio. Expand your creative writing and get involved at ACC through the Writers Studio.

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Meet Your Faculty

Program Chair / Faculty
Faculty / Arapahoe Pinnacle Advisor