Creative Writing Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

“You can make anything by writing.” –C. S. Lewis

CreativeWritingPhotoTurn your passion for words into a career—use your imagination to tell stories, captivate audiences or promote goods/services.

Carroll’s Creative Writing Concentration program prepares students to transfer to a 4-year institution as an English major, with a focus in either Creative Writing or Literature.

The curriculum is designed to engage students in reading great works of literature and to provide many opportunities to write imaginatively and analytically. The sequence of courses aims to increase cultural awareness through a process of critical reading, research, reasoning, writing and speech. 

Program perks include:

  • Trips to the Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore
  • Opportunities to attend readings by published authors
  • Learning about summer workshops and contests for aspiring authors

Creative Writing Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Faculty Advisor: Prof. Siobhan Wright Phone: 410-386-8207 Email: Faculty Advisor: Dr. W. David Fell Phone: 410-386-8115 Email: Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jody Nusholtz Phone: 410-386-8221 Email: The Arts and Sciences Creative Writing Concentration prepares students to transfer to a 4-year institution as an English major, with a focus in creative writing. The sequence of courses aims to increase cultural awareness through a process of critical reading, research, reasoning, writing, and speech. This recommendation is rich in general education coursework to support students who, as a product of academic inquiry and study, develop an interest in a wide range of majors, minors, and career pathways. The following courses are required for this concentration; some courses fulfill General Education requirements: one Literature course (from ENGL-211, ENGL-212, ENGL-225 or ENGL-240); one Writing course (from ENGL-110, ENGL-209, ENGL-219, ENGL-220, or COMM-110); one additional Literature or Writing course; and one Language or Communications course (from COMM-105, ENGL-245, FREN-102 or higher, GERM-102 or higher or SPAN-102 or higher).

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

English Concentration Electives

  • Take 14 elective credits: Refer to ARTSYS and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses as necessary to meet the 60 credit degree requirement.

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 2 Diversity-designated General Education courses (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement):

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. 


Dr. Jody Nusholtz

Dr. Nusholtz is committed to writing and to her writing students. She earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies: Creative Writing and Psychology of Transformation from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson University in Boston, MA, where she focused on writing fiction. She is also a published poet and a playwright, active in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.

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Professor David Fell

Professor Fell earned his B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in British Literature from the University of Illinois.

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Creative Writing education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college.

What does this program cost?

You can complete an associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university.

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Where can you go?

The Creative Writing Concentration prepares students to transfer to 4-year institutions to pursue their bachelor’s degree in Literature, Creative Writing and other liberal arts programs. Carroll program graduates typically transfer to University of Baltimore, Towson University or Stevenson University.

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.


Creative writing is relevant to careers in many professional fields, including book and magazine publishing, film and TV production, advertising and marketing, and in-house roles in a variety of businesses and organizations. 

What can I do with a degree in Creative Writing?

Many creative writers become authors—of something. They may write and publish books, or they may write computer game storylines, simulations or case studies for workplace training sessions, or marketing materials. 

I already write. Do I really an introductory course?

Yes! If you already write, you need to participate in a beginner’s workshop and interact with an expert reader.

Mission Statement

Composition students will engage in frequent practice in academic writing, with an emphasis on building effective arguments. Further, students will build “learning portfolios” that showcase their best academic writing, including self-reflections on changes in their writing process and performance. Because research indicates that changes in student writing occur slowly (over a period of years), it is important to evaluate the curriculum for coherence and sequential learning opportunities as students move from the first writing course to the next.

Program Goals

  1. Construct thesis-driven academic essays
  2. Organize essays with an awareness of the parts of an argument (introduction, background, thesis/claim, support, rebuttal, conclusion)
  3. Conduct research and examine primary texts to develop and to support a thesis or claim, and document sources by following MLA or APA style
  4. Develop an awareness of different perspectives and cultural values
  5. Follow the conventions of standard written English, avoiding mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and spelling that impede intended meaning
  6. Develop self-awareness as a writer in an academic setting.