Creative Writing at ACC

Get your Associate of Arts Degree with Creative Writing Area of Interest

ACC Students may work toward a full A.A. Degree following a Creative Writing area of interest: Our Creative Writing program nurtures beginning and experienced writers with a comprehensive program of creative writing and literature courses. Students are given 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. Students who complete the required creative writing courses will work with a mentor on a capstone independent study class and create a 15-page portfolio of their best creative work written through emphasis. Capstone students then participate in a public reading performance celebrating their work and talent.

About the Creative Writing Area of Interest

This 60-credit hour AA degree includes 38 Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Courses including Written Communications, Oral Communications, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences combined, and Natural and Physical Science. To complete your degree in the creative writing program, students take 22 creative-writing focused credit hours, including studies in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

What will I study?

You will study the General Education requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The electives for the AA degree are focused on creative writing, writing, and literature courses. Introductory workshops allow for experimentation in craft through exercises and modeling, while advanced workshops stress the individual student's work. Classes include creative writing, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and novel writing (at student’s request),and the literary magazine, students working as the editorial staff of ACC's art and literary journal, Progenitor. Finally, you will have a chance to work one-on-one with faculty mentors on an independent capstone project to build your writing portfolio and participate in a public reading.

What will I do with the degree?

The creative writing area of interest provides several options: guaranteed AA degree transfer courses, creative writing and literature courses developed to pursue a career in writing, or transfer to a Colorado public four-year college or university. The 60-hour program consists of 38 credit hours of General Education Guaranteed Transfer classes, and 22 credit hours of creative writing classes and electives, (many of which are GT classes), concentrated in literature, humanities, and journalism.  Guaranteed Transfer (GT) means you can be sure your credits will transfer to a public four year college or university.  ACC has state wide transfer agreements with four year institutions across Colorado. Creative Writing also has specific articulation agreements with Adams State University, State College of Western Colorado, and the Santa Fe School of Design.  Students have also transferred to English/creative writing emphasis programs at the University of Colorado at Denver, Regis, and University College at the University of Denver. For details on these partnerships, go to our AA to BA Degree in Creative writing page.

What is my path for an A.A. with a Creative Writing Two-Year Area of Interest?

  • ENG 221: Creative Writing I or ENG 221: Creative Writing I Online - 3 credits
  • ENG 226: Fiction Writing - 3 credits
  • ENG 227: Poetry Writing - 3 credits
  • ENG 222: Creative Writing II - 3 credits
  • ENG 230: Creative Nonfiction - 3 credits
  • ENG 231: Literary Magazine (Progenitor) - 3 credits
  • ENG 264: Publishing Your Writing - 3 credits
  • ENG 289: Capstone - 1 credit

Who are our faculty?

Our faculty consists of published, full-time and adjunct writing professionals who are passionate and dedicated to the teaching of writing. They have published books, essays, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and novels. They have Ph.D.s, M.F.A. and M.A. Learn more about our faculty.