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With a Creative Writing Degree from Normandale, you’ll be ready to make your way into the writing world, and you’ll be prepared to pursue a BA or BFA in creative writing at a 4-year college or university.  

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

Plus, 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.  

For degree students, you’ll finish your time at Normandale by writing a capstone project, and you’ll be ready to enter a 4-year college or university as a junior.  

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. You’ll research, gather information, and incorporate all of your background data into crafting 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, or screenplay, or both!) 

“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

What Makes our Creative Writing Program Unique?

Did you know our AFA in Creative Writing was the first in Minnesota? Our program is highly regarded nationally, and most of our graduates take their writing skills to the next level: a 4-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, to poetry, to screenwriting, and more.  

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

Creative Writing Program Basics

Pursue your AFA in Creative Writing, or sharpen your writing skills with a Creative Writing Certificate.

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