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Why study Creative Writing?

The English Department’s creative writing program at Pikes Peak Community College helps students develop their imaginative and critical thinking skills.  PPCC students have published their creative work in ParleyU. S. RepresentedCaravel Literary Arts JournalManifest WestOne Hundred VoicesRight Hand PointingTempered SteelZeroflash, and more! Whether you’re an interested beginner or an experienced writer, creative writing courses at PPCC will help you discover and refine your voice.

Why study creative writing?

Join PPCC students who have published their creative work both locally and nationally in Caravel Literary Arts Journal, Manifest West, One Hundred Voices, Parley, Right Hand Pointing, riverrun, Tempered Steel, U. S. Represented, Zeroflash, and more, and who have gone on to study writing at both undergraduate and graduate level programs.

 

Creative writing classes not only provide students with a safe space to make sense of the human dynamics around them, but it teaches them writing at the highest level, going beyond lucidity into the realm of literary tension, and then further into humor, narrative complexity, abstraction, and metaphor. 

            —Rebecca Wallace-Segall, The Atlantic

 

How can PPCC prepare me for a bachelor’s degree in English?

  • Great student-to-teacher ratio
  • Motivated, highly-qualified faculty
  • Engage in real-world applied learning including study abroad
  • Convenience of three campuses and on-line options
  • Guaranteed transfer of 60 credits to any Colorado state university
  • Offers an Associate of Arts with Designation in Literature (see degree plan for details)
  • Cost Effective:  same classes at a significantly lower cost and concurrent enrollment is free for high school students

What about transferring to a four-year school?

The Planning for a Bachelors  website has information on specific transfer agreements for in-state, private, and out-of-state schools who have existing transfer agreements with PPCC.

So what’s next?

Apply to PPCC here.

Check out your campus options here.

Explore available courses here.

Contact Amie Sharp for more information concerning Creative Writing: 

Email Amie Sharp or call 719-502-3404.

Four-Semester Plan for Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Creative Writing

Semester 1

Course

Credits

Written Communication:  ENG 121 (or ENG 122 if student tests out of ENG 121)

3

Mathematics:  GT -MA1 (MAT 120 recommended)

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  GT-SS course (any GT-SS1, SS2, or SS3)

3

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4 (NO GT-AH2 LIT courses can be used to meet this requirement)

3

Natural and Physical Sciences:  GT-SC 1 (students must take one GT-SC course with a laboratory)

3-4

TOTAL

15-16

 

Semester 2

Course

Credits

Written communication:  ENG 122 (or ENG 201 for students who tested out of ENG 121)

3

ENG 221 Creative Writing I (transfers as elective)

3

History:  GT-HI1

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  GT-SS course (any GT-SS1, SS2, or SS3)

3

Literature:  AH2 (LIT 115 recommended)  

3

TOTAL

15

Semester 3

Course

Credits

ENG 222 Creative Writing II (transfers as elective) 

3

Communication:  COM 115, or COM 125, or COM 225

3

Arts and Humanities: GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4

3

ENG 226 Fiction Writing or ENG 230 Creative Nonfiction (transfers as elective)

3

Literature: any GT-AH2 LIT 200 course

3

TOTAL

15

Semester 4

Course

Credits

ENG 227 Poetry Writing (transfers as elective)

3

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4

3

Literature:  any two GT-AH2 LIT 200 courses

3

Natural and Physical Sciences:  GT-SC 1 (students must take one GT-SC course with a laboratory)

3-4

JOU 215 Publications Production and Design (Parley)

3

TOTAL

15-16

 

For professional networking resources in the Creative Writing field, click here.

Example Classes I Might Take

Teaches techniques for creative writing. Explores imaginative uses of language through creative genres (fiction, poetry, and other types of creative production such as drama, screenplays, graphic narrative, or creative nonfiction) with emphasis on the student’s own unique style, subject matter, and needs.
Provides continued development of written expression in such forms as poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction writing.
Teaches techniques for creating poems, including study of figurative language, forms, and sound patterns of poetry.
Teaches students to incorporate literary techniques into factual writing. Enables the student to survey a wide range of readings and analyze form and content. Includes critical review, biographical profiles, travel writing, and memoirs. Provides the opportunity for students to write and review their own nonfiction in a supportive, constructive setting.
Provides for students’ participation in the planning, writing, design, and production processes of a non-newspaper publication.

Contact Creative Writing

Call or email Amie Sharp for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Phone:719-502-3404

Email Amie Sharp

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