Courses & Programs

Creative Writing

HCC’s Creative Writing Option is one of only a few of its kind in the country for students pursuing an Associate Degree.

David Champoux

Faculty, English

Arts and Humanities

Fine and Performing Arts 228

413.552.2364 (Tel)


What will you learn?

HCC's Creative Writing Option is one of only a few of its kind in the country for students pursuing an Associate Degree. It's a solid academic program that allows students to explore a personal interest, while at the same time follow the guidelines of a typical Associate of Arts degree, including the MassTransfer general education transfer block which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

 A designated faculty advisor will guide them. In their final semester, students will assemble a portfolio of representative work, along with a personal statement about their experiences and accomplishments in Creative Writing at HCC.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Students will produce at least one college-level piece of writing in each of the four creative writing genres (poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction).
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of conventional forms/concepts within each genre and be able to work with these forms/concepts in their own writing.
  • Students will explore their writing in their own ways by producing a series of pieces reflecting their emerging personal aesthetic.
  • Students will be able to effectively critique the creative work of others (other students and established writers) from the perspective of being creative writers themselves.
  • Students will be able to reflect on, critique, and/or analyze their own work.

What will you do?

This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. With the right planning, students can go on to just about any Arts and Science discipline after earning their A.A. degree with this option. To explore your options, visit HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center.

60-61 total credits

26-27 credits General Education Requirements + 18 credits Program Requirements

Depending on the course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.


General Education Requirements

26-27 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.

Program Requirements

18 CREDITS
Centers on weekly student writing of poems, short stories, plays, or personal essays. Specific projects will be determined by individual and group interests. Group discussion of works-in-process will help the individual to achieve a significant creative writing project for the semester. Examples of creative excellence will be read and discussed, with some attention to critical and aesthetic theory. Prerequisite: ENG 102
Creative writing exercises and class activities will help students develop their own projects, such as writing short plays, screenplays, or monologues, or scripting and shooting a short movie. Students will learn about the elements of drama by analyzing the structure and dialogue of a few selected plays, and by actively exploring these ideas in their own writing. Student work will be considered for production. (Same as THE 227) Prerequisite: ENG 102
Creative nonfiction relies on truth, on the facts of the world and/or the self as the writer finds - and transforms - them. It is much like fiction in its reliance on the scene, dialogue, and storytelling. Yet it can take many forms, such as the personal essay, literary memoir, the travel essay, literary journalism, literary biography, etc. This course will investigate the basic principles of the form, concentrating on the principles of literary journalism and personal essay, and give students the opportunity to produce original works of creative nonfiction. The course may also deal with ethical and critical issues related to truth, perception, memory, and subjectivity. Prerequisite: ENG 102

Choose from 1 of the following:

ENG 201, 202, 203, 204, 208, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 224, 226, 230, 235, 237, 240, 245, 250

CMTA Electives: Choose 6 credits of electivs from the following prefixes; COM, EMS or THE courses.


16 credits of electives


Students are advised to take 16 credits of Suggested Electives, sufficient to complete 60 credits total. 

Suggested Elective      1 credit (ENG 238, COM 141, COM 142, or HUM 276 )
Suggested Elective*    3 credits
Suggested Elective*    3 credits
Suggested Elective*    3 credits
Suggested Elective*    3 credits
Suggested Elective*    3 credits

*You may choose any Arts and Science electives. In addition to the recommended internship, especially suggested are Topics in Creative Writing (ENG 232) or the Screenwriting Seminar (EMS 112). As this is an A.A. degree, you have the flexibility to explore beyond Creative Writing as well, including up to six non-Arts and Science credits. 


Suggested Electives: Students are advised to take 16 credits of Suggested Electives, sufficient to complete 60 credits total. Students are advised to choose one of the one-credit field work courses (ENG 238, COM 141, COM 142, or HUM276).

You may choose any Arts and Science electives. In addition to the recommended internship listed below, especially suggested are Topics in Creative Writing (ENG 232) or the Screenwriting Seminar (EMS 112). As this is an A.A. degree, you have the flexibility to explore beyond Creative Writing as well, including up to six non-Arts and Science credits.

Only six non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.