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With an associate degree in Creative Writing from Normandale, you’ll be ready to make your way into the writing world, and you’ll be prepared to pursue a bachelor of arts degree or bachelor's of fine arts in Creative Writing at a four-year college or university.   

In each creative writing class assignment, you’ll gain excellent writing skills and develop a thorough understanding of what it takes to make a reader turn the page. You’ll dive deep into story structure and study a variety of writing genres including poetry, fiction, screenwriting, memoir and nonfiction.   

Plus, through our creative writing program, you’ll learn how to be an effective communicator - not only as a writer - but as a speaker, too.  

Perhaps a Creative Writing Certificate is more your speed? We have one of those, too.   

Degree students will finish their time at Normandale by writing a capstone project. 

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Where Will a Creative Writing Degree Take You?

Good writing is good thinking. As a writer, you will develop critical thinking skills as a foundation for your writing. In a typical creative writing class, you’ll research, gather information and incorporate all your background data to craft relevant and page-turning prose and narratives.  

Creative writers are in high demand. Many find jobs as content creators in various industries. Public relations firms, marketing companies, advertising agencies, and publishing houses all need excellent writers and editors.  

(Or perhaps you’ll write the next Great American Novel, screenplay or both!)

What Makes our Creative Writing Program Unique?

Did you know Normandale’s associate degree in Creative Writing was the first in Minnesota? Our program is highly regarded nationally, and most of our graduates with an associate degree in creative writing take their skills to the next level: a four-year college or university.   

You can take a wide variety of courses and discover what kind of writing fits your interests and goals - everything from fiction to memoir, from poetry to screenwriting and more.   

Plus, our capstone writing project prepares you for large, complex writing opportunities ahead.


Creative Writing program Alum Luna Rey Hall talks about the benefits of an associate degree in creative writing from Normandale Community College

“Normandale not only set me up for my career as a writer but continues to support me. Faculty genuinely care about their students’ success. I got all the fundamentals I needed here, and I always felt like I was ready for the next step after each class.”

luna rey hall, Creative Writing Alum, author of space neon neon space and loudest when startled, Normandale creative writing alumni

Creative Writing Program Basics

Pursue your associate degree in Creative Writing or sharpen your writing skills with a Creative Writing Certificate.

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