Creative Writing Department
PVCC's Creative Writing department provides courses, workshops and special events in various creative writing genres, such as poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. The department encourages students and writers of all levels of experience to focus on their own creative process as well as their finished creative writing product.
In addition, the Creative Writing department also is committed to providing a “writer’s community”–that is, opportunities for students to celebrate individual artistic endeavors as well as promoting and recognizing their need to participate in diverse cultural activities. Nationally known writers and artists--such as Jan Beatty, Martha Collins,Georgia June Goldberg, R.S Gwynn, Cynthia Hogue, Margaret Rogza, Alberto Rios, Beth Shadur, Beth Ames Swartz, Lewis Turco, Judith Vollmer and many others-- have given readings and presentations to PVCC's creative writing students via the "Visiting Writer and Scholar Reading Series."
Further, the Creative Writing at PVCC is proud to offer the Maricopa County Community College District’s Academic Certificate in Creative Writing. This certificate at PVCC offers a unique and innovative opportunity for those interested in pursuing a course of study in creative writing in a vibrant community of award-winning, nationally renowned authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Creative Writing Certificate Program is a shared educational endeavor available through several MCCCD colleges. Any creative writing courses taken at certificate-offering campuses are transferable toward the certificate. Only six of the required 24 certificate credits must be earned at the individual college in which students enroll, offering writers tremendous flexibility in course scheduling and convenience. Completion of the Academic Certificate in Creative Writing does not lead to a particular degree program but is intended to help writers develop their talent and craft, as well as their continued enjoyment of writing for personal growth. Upon completing a certificate, each student produces an original writing portfolio that may be included in applications to undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing.
Most importantly, PVCC's Creative Writing Department is committed to creating lifelong learning opportunities by fostering a learning environment whereby creative writing efforts are valued, encouraged, and a vital and on-going part of our culture. The department recognizes that great writers–and great audiences for creative writing-- are comprised of educated, productive world citizens.