Creative Writing

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

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We live and work in a world of language. Maybe you want to pen the next great American novel, be a Poet Laureate, compose a memoir, or write ad copy. Sharpen your creative writing skills, both by practicing the craft and by developing the aesthetic insight for successful written expression.

A.A. Program Overview

Written communication is essential to all industries. From sales to science, messaging must be crafted and sent out into the world. As website visitors, social media followers, and cereal box readers, we interact with language everywhere. You love language, maybe enough to do it for a living.

As a Creative Writing student, you will choose where to focus your creative energy, whether it's on fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. To understand what makes a poem or story work, you will also take courses in classic and contemporary literature. They laid the groundwork that your creative output will continue.

Honors Studies

If you're curious and motivated, you may want to explore honors studies courses. They center on reflection and community building and are available to full-time and part-time students in all degree programs. Successful completion of these courses, or earning your Honors Studies certificate or diploma, can increase your transfer options and make you eligible for specific scholarships.

Honors Studies

Our Creative Writing Degree is Available 100% Online

In addition to completing this degree in-person, our creative writing curriculum is also available 100% online. For creative writing students, this involves a mix of courses that you can complete on your own time and courses that allow you to workshop your writing with other students in real time from a location that works for you. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

A.A. Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will have the ability to:

  • Develop ideas, drafts, and polished work within multiple literary genres.
  • Critique, revise, edit, and complete original creative works. Analyze and reflect upon one's writing process, including aesthetic choices, experiential intent, and revision strategies. Examine one's contribution to projects associated with gathering, evaluating, and promoting College's literary journal.
  • Use effective, emotive oral presentation skills in order to publicly read one's original work.
  • Use multiple social media formats in order to develop copy, including promotional material for the College's literary journal.

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

FLCC has transfer articulation agreements with the following schools, allowing you to transfer into their bachelor's program with full junior standing.

  • Excelsior College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • SUNY Oswego

These schools offer bachelor's degrees in creative writing or English with a focus in creative writing:

  • Canisius College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Syracuse University
  • University at Buffalo

Four-Year Career Pathways

There is one certainty in the working world: employers need good writers. Many journalists, lawyers, teachers, and marketing professionals have creative writing backgrounds. When the time comes, you'll be ready to enter the job market with the skills and creativity needed for success.

Upon graduation, you will be ready to transfer into a bachelor's program or seek out internships in:

  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Publishing

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 80% of FLCC students receive financial awards that help reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!

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Isotrope Literary Journal

FLCC's annual publication features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and artwork by students, faculty, and writers around the globe.

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Jon Palzer

"To study creative writing is to immerse oneself deeply in what are arguably our greatest human gifts - language and imagination! They define our experiences and open our senses to the significance of our existence."