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Creative Writing

The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Creative Writing is designed for students interested in pursuing authorship, publishing or professional writing paths by providing a foundation of classes and skills in literature and creative and professional writing.

The program includes courses in American, British and world literature, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as literary magazine writing. There is also a capstone course where you can pursue further work in the genre of your choice and produce a final portfolio, including a thesis and an oral performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of and engaged experience with literary works written in multiple genres from diverse cultural and historical perspectives
  • The ability to critically analyze works by professional writers, fellow students and personal works
  • Foundational knowledge of form and theory in multiple genres, invention and revision practices
  • Practical experience in literary arts, publication, public performance and professional writing
  • Valuable soft skills such as time management, teamwork, thinking outside the box, receiving and providing constructive feedback

Benefits and Opportunities:

  • Entry into a growing and vibrant creative community
  • Gain practical experience in publishing as a member of the Hive Avenue Literary Journal
  • Experiment with new writing, or work on your current creative works for publication in the creative writing club at NWACC: Insatiable Ink
  • Gain practical experience as a reporter for the NWACC EagleView
  • Read and discuss contemporary works with other book lovers as a member of the NWACC book club
  • Play an active role in or attend the NWACC Spring Arts & Culture Festival
  • Collaborate with students in other Arts (music, visual arts and media, theater, etc.)
  • Attend and participate in the NWACC Reading Series
  • Attend Open Mouth Reading Series events in Fayetteville
  • Explore theater, music and other art events all over northwest Arkansas


Degree, Transfer Options and Careers

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  • English Composition (6 hours)
  • Natural Science (4 hours)
  • Social Science (3 hours)
  • Mathematics (3-4 hours)
  • Creative Writing (27 hours)
  • Creative Writing  Electives (15 hours)
  • Capstone Portfolio Project (3 hours)

Many Creative Writing courses at NWACC carry transfer credit to four-year institutions and can fulfill general education requirements.  

Those who pursue a degree in Creative Writing may find job opportunities in the following occupations (some occupations may require advanced education):

  • Author
  • Content Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Digital writer/Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Communications Manager/Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Magazine Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Proofreader
  • Publisher
  • Content Marketing Specialist
  • Social Media Specialist
  • University or College Professor

Hive Avenue Literary Journal

Hive Avenue is a student-run literary journal showcasing creative works from northwest Arkansas and beyond. With a focus on inclusivity and a commitment to serving both established and emerging writers, Hive Avenue is a journal that strives to create a sense of community in a disconnected world. 

The following positions are available on a rotating basis for NWACC AFA students: genre editors, assistant genre editors, graphic designers, social media marketers, photographers, artists and readers.  

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Insatiable Ink

Insatiable Ink is for anyone interested in creative writing, either for fun and self-expression alone or as part of a path of study like the Associate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Meetings are bi-weekly, every other Thursday from 3 PM - 4 PM and this fall will take place virtually on Discord.

Our goal as a club is to share and workshop our writing and to appreciate writing that we love. Whether you want to develop your craft and work on writing for a publication or just want to share and hear inspiring pieces of writing, this club is for you.

Fall meeting dates (Thursdays):

  • September 3 & 17
  • October 1, 15 & 29
  • November 12 & 26
  • December 3

Questions? Contact advisors, Lindsay Hutton and Justin Burkart.

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