Creative Writing

Program Description

The 90-credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate majors in English with a Creative Writing option, as well as other majors and graduate programs in History, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Business and Education.

Creative Writing — What is it?

Creative writing, as an art form, encourages the written expression of human thoughts, feelings and ideas. Through reading and analysis of great literary artists, creative writing taps the imagination and talent of writers using various genres, narrative strategies, literary styles, and poetic verse.

Areas of Study in Creative Writing:

Poetry, Short Stories, Essays, Playwriting, Screenplays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Biographies, Travel Writing, and Literary Critique.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing?

Students who major in English/Creative Writing develop a broad range of skills that transfer into multiple careers to include: journalism, technical writing, freelance writing, editing, advertising, publishing, sales, marketing, publicity, promotion, public relations, media relations, business and industry, fiction, poetry and non-fiction writing.

Potential employers include:

Magazines, Newspapers, and other Publishing Companies, Broadcast Media Companies (Television, Radio and Film Industry), Government Agencies, Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Non-Profit Organizations, Advertising Agencies, Public Relations Firms, Businesses and Corporations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.

Program Outcomes
  • Draft, revise and prepare portions of stories, full stories, or poems, while applying the principles of fiction or poetry writing.
  • Evaluate story writing strategies used in one’s own writing, peer writing and published stories.
  • Identify and apply literary conventions and techniques in writing poetry or fiction. 
  • Provide constructive criticism to peers regarding their poetry or short fiction writing.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Contact Us
Faculty and Advising
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

Ed Harkness
Room 5354
Phone 206-546-4516

Gary Parks
Room 5313
Phone 206-546-4785

Davis Oldham
Room 5335
Phone 206-546-4768

Neal Vasishth
Room 5344
Phone 206-546-4736
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Length of Program:

90 Credits
Completion Award: A.A. Degree

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