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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Hone your writing skills, develop your unique voice (or explore new ones!), and explore literary greats with a creative writing degree from SMC.
Whether you aspire to craft the next great work of fiction, use poetry to make artful statements about the world, help brands sell their products, or become a social influencer, the creative writing program will prep you with skills to execute your goals with finesse.

  • About the Creative Writing Degree

    Creative writing is more than an art form. Considering all the messages with which we are constantly bombarded, it has never been more important to know how to break through the clutter, assess meaning, and craft messages that resonate. Creative writers have a grasp on both the technical and artful components of literature, as well as the critical thinking skills to analyze and employ rhetoric to interpret and convey various levels of meaning.
    The creative writing program at SMC will help you develop all those skills through courses in everything from creative fiction and non-fiction writing to ethnic literature. After foundational courses that build your writing skills, you’ll examine diverse literary texts from historical to contemporary British, American, and American Ethnic authors, exploring movements, themes, literary techniques, and cultural elements. You’ll also try out new techniques, refine your skills, and develop your unique voice in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry workshop-based courses.

    As you develop your expertise as a writer and literary savant, you’ll also take the general education courses required by most degree programs so that you can transfer ready to dive into the courses you care about. You’ll graduate eager to explore and debate literature at the university level and confident in your skills as a writer. 
    The associate in arts in creative writing is a two-year degree designed to transfer to four-year schools for a bachelor’s degree in creative writing or related fields.

  • What You’ll Learn

    View the full curriculum guide for the Associate in Arts in Creative Writing

  • What Can I Do With a Creative Writing Degree?

    Creative writing can be applied to many roles. While authoring and scholarship are typically the first that come to mind, a creative writing degree can also be used for positions in advertising, social media, content writing, journalism, and more.

    Careers and Salaries
    Career Option Salary
    Editors: $73,080
    Public Relations Specialists: $67,440
    Technical Writers: $79,960
    Writers and Authors: $73,150

    2022 median pay. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

English and Communications Interest Group

Join the English and Communications Interest Group to engage with the subject outside the classroom, share your works, and connect with other students who share your interests. The group is open to any student interested in activities and discussions related to writing, literature, or film. The group hosts open mic nights, writing contests, workshops, film nights, book discussions, and more.


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The Foster W. Daugherty Building is home to all communications, social science, and humanities classes at SMC.