People interested in creative writing, publishing, and writing careers can now earn a two-year associate in fine arts degree in Creative Writing beginning this fall at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
“Now is an exciting time in publishing, and the need for good writers, especially those with imagination and creativity, has never been greater,” said Kathryn Kysar, English faculty member and Creative Writing Chair. “This new degree will provide a great foundation in creative writing and prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree or to join the work force.”
Courses in the new program offer a variety of creative writing genres, including writing for stage and screen, nonfiction writing, writing for children and young adults, publication, and manuscript development.
Award-winning writers Cynthia Brandon-Slocum, William Breen, Kathryn Kysar, Paige Riehl, Kathy Weihe and Scott Wrobel teach the courses. Visiting authors to the college’s established Two Rivers Reading series have included such acclaimed writers as Robert Bly, Louise Erdrich, Susan Power and Patricia Smith.
The degree makes use of the vibrant literary scene in the Twin Cities and connects students with resources in the area, such as The Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions, Rain Taxi Review, and Graywolf Press.
Students who complete the Anoka-Ramsey Creative Writing program will produce a manuscript ready for publication. Program graduates will also have completed the first two years of a baccalaureate program in creative writing that has been designed to transfer to specific four-year degree programs at Metropolitan State University, Hamline University and Augsburg College. Students may also transfer their credits in part or in their entirety to other baccalaureate institutions.
At the rollout celebration of the new Creative Writing associate in fine arts (AFA) degree at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, current student (standing) Sandra Holte shares her excitement about the new program. Also at the event, from left, seated: Alison McGhee, Creative Writing Program Director at Metropolitan State University; Mary Rockcastle, Creative Writing Program Director at Hamline University; and Kathryn Kysar, chair of Creative Writing at Anoka-Ramsey.