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Associate degree in Creative Writing

At a Glance

The Associate Creative Writing degree at Carroll prepares students to transfer to a 4-year institution as an English major, with a focus in either Creative Writing or Literature.

Total Credits:


Program Length:

Two years, or four 15-credit terms

About the Program

Carroll’s Associate Creative Writing degree program 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.

Creative writing 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

Advisory Board

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Creative Writing Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.



Transfers & Careers

Discover Your Passion

Find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.


Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools throughout the state and across the country.

Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by Area of Study.


Turn your passion for words into an enjoyable and rewarding career! Creative writers may write and publish books, or they may write computer game storylines, simulations or case studies for workplace training sessions, or create marketing materials including blogs and social media posts.

Typical creative writing career paths include:

  • Book and magazine publishing
  • Film and TV production
  • Advertising and marketing
  • In-house roles in a variety of businesses & organizations

Studying English and creative writing at Carroll Community College is one of the best decisions I made professionally… All of the classes I took truly prepared me after I transferred and I became a literary editor at my next institution, which felt so rewarding.

Amanda DeRose Creative Writing program graduate


Carroll’s faculty are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders, selected based on their industry experience, academic excellence and passion for teaching. They possess a wealth of skills and knowledge to share with you throughout your pursuit of a Creative Writing degree.


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