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

Creative Writing Coordinator

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.


Program Requirements

18 CREDITS

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.