Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

Creative Writing

(HEGIS: 5615)

A.A. Degree, Certificate

Writers are integral members of the collaborative teams creating content for print publications, film, television, radio, and new media. Put simply, the story comes first.

The Creative Writing program prepares you for a career in the arts and entertainment industry by providing course work that encourages writing proficiency, creative expression, literary scholarship, and critical thinking. You will develop your craft as you participate in workshops, conference with faculty mentors, interact with visiting writers, and collaborate with students in other academic disciplines. Extra-curricular activities include the Screenwriting Club, The Writers’ Guild, and, Readers’ Corner. Students publish the College's literary journal, Re-visions.

You may select the Prose, Poetry, and Drama concentration or the Screenwriting concentration.

Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)





Creative Writing: Prose and Poetry, requirements, career options
Creative Writing: Screenwriting, requirements, career options

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of writers is expected to grow by eight percent from 2008 to 2018. In addition, the growth of web-based publications is increasing the demand for writers and editors.

Tompkins Cortland Community College's creative writing students have earned recognition as distinguished poets, novelists, dramatists, and screenwriters. For example, a recent grad sold his feature screenplay to Universal Pictures.

Transfer Options

Students develop portfolios for submission to four-year programs in creative writing, dramatic writing for theatre, and television, film, and new media.

Recent graduates have transferred to Carnegie Mellon University and SUNY College at Oswego.

You might also consider:
  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • Emerson College
  • Goddard College
  • Ithaca College
  • New York University
  • SUNY College at Purchase
  • University of Southern California

For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.

Program Chairs

Darlene Gold, Ph.D.
Professor (English)

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