Program Overview

Creative writing is generally focused on teaching students the foundations of writing fiction. Fiction is best described as the written story of information or events that are not factual, but are, imaginary and theoretical, often invented by the author. Non-Fiction is more truth and fact based documentary style of writing, best suited for journalism, news reporting and educational publishing. The Creative Writing certificate at Yavapai College is comprised of 18 credit hours and introduces students to the essential concepts of writing in particular areas such as: short story, poetry, memoir, fiction, non-fiction, writing for therapy.

The certificate may be ideal for entry-level students seeking the additional academics to pursue interests in writing books, plays, screenplays or poems. The course curriculum includes the opportunity for students to complete a workshop in writing for reading and critiquing published works and other students' rough drafts, and also writing personal pieces. A creative writing certificate aims to develop a students’ unique niche and improve individual and personal critiques and progression. Earning the additional education may also teach students to strengthen critical reading skills, when assessing short story and novel writing, poetry, screenwriting and script writing.

Opportunities for graduates with a focused education in writing can range from newspapers, periodicals, and book publishers to nonprofit organizations. The evolution of social media and online editorials has created a variety of market specialty niches that appeal to certain interest groups. Many different businesses and organizations are using newsletters and Internet websites to reach the non-traditional target markets and the advertising and public relations fields are also providing a demand for the new-and-improved writing professional.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Yavapai College is a public, two-year, community college that was founded in 1965. The main campus is located in Prescott, Arizona with satellite campuses located throughout Arizona. Yavapai College has the mission of providing quality, higher learning and cultural resources for the diverse populations of Yavapai County.

    Yavapai College offers a wide variety of programs leading to certificates, degrees, and transfer programs. To help accommodate students with hectic schedules, Yavapai College offers weekday classes, evening classes, weekend classes and even online classes for students who may be unable to commute to campus.


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