Creative Writing Focus Award

The Creative Writing Focus Award is designed to offer students a rounded experience in the craft of creative writing. Students work on their own writing, workshop their writing and the writing of others, study literature and learn about editing and publishing. This program introduces students to the field of creative writing as well as enhancing degrees from other disciplines. Through introductory and advanced courses in creative writing and literature, a Creative Writing Focus Award empowers students to realize themselves as writers and imagine the possibilities of a career in creative writing.

All courses required for a Creative Writing Focus Award meet AAOT (Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree) requirements. Focus Awards are not to be confused with degrees or certificates, are not officially recognized by the state, and do not appear on transcripts.

Program Requirements

Students will complete 20 credits that includes:

8 credits of introductory coursework8
Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Creative Writing - Fiction
Creative Writing - Poetry
Creative Writing - Script Writing
4 credits of4
Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing (or waiver - see notes)
4 credits of advanced coursework4
Advanced Creative Writing - Fiction
Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry
Advanced Creative Writing - Scriptwriting
Advanced Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing (for a second time)
4 credits of diversity literature coursework4
World Literature - Asian (India)
World Literature - Asian (China)
World Literature - Asian (Japan)
Latin American Literature
Images of Women in Literature
Introduction to Native American Literatures
Introduction to Asian-American Literature
Introduction to Folklore and Mythology
African-American Literature
African-American Literature
African-American Literature
Introduction to Women Writers
International Political Poetry
African Literature

Note: WR 246 may be waived, subject to approval by the faculty contact person on your campus, on the grounds of schedule conflict or equivalent experience. A waiver requires students to take another creative writing class, beginning or advanced, that they have not taken before.

Students completing all three terms of WR 246 receive a Emphasis Plus.

All advanced creative writing courses and literature classes must be taken at Portland Community College.

WR 246 may be taken three times for credit.

Students applying for the Creative Writing Focus Award should contact the administrative liaison for the focus award at 971-722-4266.