Minnesota State College Southeast
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Creative Writing - Certificate


Career Area: Liberal Arts & Transfer Studies
Program: Creative Writing Certificate
Campus(es): Online

Work with published authors to hone your creative writing skills.

The online Creative Writing Certificate at MSC Southeast offers you an in-depth, accelerated introduction to the writing craft. What would have taken you years of practice and research you will learn in 3 to 4 semesters under the guidance of experienced faculty. Each course you take in the creative writing certificate will deepen your understanding of writing as a practice and a craft.

Though you will study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and publishing, each class will expand on the various writing forms, devices, techniques, and structures that you will need to become an experienced writer. In addition to sharpening and expanding your writing, you will also read and respond critically to your peers, as well as to a variety of published work.

This certificate will challenge you not only to develop your own natural talents in the writing craft, but also to work on your less developed areas. When you complete the certificate, you will have developed a portfolio of work-shopped, edited, and polished writing.

All courses in the Creative Writing Certificate are taught 100% online.

Please note:

  • Students who are working toward the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science can complete the Creative Writing Certificate as an area of emphasis by selecting creative writing coursework to satisfy elective requirements.
  • As a stand-alone 16-credit certificate, this program is not eligible for financial aid. Please contact the MSCS Financial Aid department if you have questions.

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Courses

1) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified
Creative Writing - 16 credit Certificate
Program Reports

 
0 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
ENGL1165
Introduction to Literature
This course will serve to introduce the student to various aspects of literature, including its genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and/or drama), its formal aesthetic elements (e.g. plot, metaphor, point of view, etc.), and its communication of ideas as they relate to the human condition. (Meets MnTC goal 6) (Prerequisite: A minimum score of 78 in the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 21 in the Reading Subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ENGL1445
Introduction to Creative Writing
This course will serve to introduce the student to the practice of creative writing, specifically to the techniques involved in writing poetry and short fiction. In addition to writing their own poems and stories, students will read and discuss a number of contemporary examples in these genres. (Meets MnTC goals 1 & 6) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ENGL2440
Creative Writing: Fiction
This course will serve to develop, at a higher level than that of an introductory creative writing course, students' facility in writing fiction. In addition to sharpening and expanding their individual narrative and fictive technique, students will read and respond critically to a variety of others' fictional works in terms of their craft and may be asked to respond constructively to peers' works. Students will be challenged not only to develop their natural talents in fiction writing, but also to work on their less developed areas. By the end of the course, students will compile a portfolio demonstrating careful revisions of their best work. (Meets MnTC Goals 1 & 6) (Prerequisite: C or higher in ENGL 1445 Introduction to Creative Writing) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ENGL2450
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
This course will serve to develop, at a higher level than that of an introductory creative writing or essay course, students' facility in writing nonfiction. In addition to sharpening and expanding nonfiction prose techniques, students will read and respond critically to a variety of others' nonfictional works in terms of their craft and may be asked to respond constructively to peers' works. Students will be challenged not only to develop their natural talents in nonfiction, but also to work on less developed areas. Forms and genres such as creative nonfiction, the literary essay, prose poetry, the magazine feature article, memoir, and travel and nature writing may be addressed. By the end of the course, students will compile a portfolio demonstrating careful revisions of their best work. (Meets MnTC Goals 1 & 6) (Prerequisite: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ENGL2460
Creative Writing: Poetry
This course will serve to develop, at a higher level than that of an introductory creative writing course, students' facility in writing poetry. In addition to sharpening and expanding personal poetic technique, students will read and respond critically to a variety of poetic works by others in terms of their craft and may be asked to respond constructively to peers' works. Students will be challenged not only to develop their natural poetic talents, but also to work on their less developed areas. By the end of the course, students will compile a portfolio demonstrating careful revisions of their best work. (Meets MnTC Goals 1 & 6) (Prerequisite: C or higher in ENGL 1445 Introduction to Creative Writing)

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3 cr
ENGL2470
Creative Writing: The Business of Writing
Creative Writing: The Business of Writing will serve to develop the student's facility in publishing his or her written works. Students will be challenged to identify publishers and editors, organize publishing details such as contact information and submission guidelines, write query letters, submit written work electronically or in paper form, and develop the practice of patience. By the end of the course, the student will compile a publishing portfolio demonstrating the craft of the business of writing. (Prerequisite: a minimum of C or higher in Introduction to Creative Writing) (1 credit: 0 lecture/1 lab)

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1 cr
 
16 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 16


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$3,113
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$550
Estimated Total:$3,663
 

 


Career Opportunities

Beyond writing for personal interest or publication, expert writers can find employment in many fields:

  • Copywriter or editorial assistant
  • Magazine or newspaper journalist
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Public library support professional
  • Social media content specialist

Career Information

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand the elements, techniques, and theory of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
  2. Employ the use of character, style, setting, point of view, and plot in writing
  3. Identify moments from experience or observation as potential themes for their own creative writing
  4. Understand the role of audience in creative writing and the consequent implication of aesthetic standards
  5. Apply constructive analysis to the revision of writing in order to more closely accomplish the desired effect on an audience
  6. Examine select foundational to contemporary writers
  7. Describe the basic process for finding a venue and submitting work for publication
  8. Analyze their peers’ works in terms of craft and technique

Highlights

  • Taught by master instructors who are also practicing and accomplished writers
  • Guided assistance and feedback in creating a body of polished writing in multiple genres
  • 100% online -- work at your own pace as you strengthen your writing skills
  • 2-year program allowing, over time, for reflective growth in your writing
  • Open to any aspiring writer seeking to acquire well-rounded instruction from published authors

Instructors

Peter Beurskens and Michael Larson are members of the English faculty at MSC Southeast. Carrie Maynard-Allen teaches Sociology and English at the college. See individual biographies under Faculty Bios in the Liberal Arts & Sciences section of the website.

 

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Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.

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Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

 

 
 

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