Creative Writing (CRW)

The Yavapai College Creative Writing program provides students with courses designed to teach the fundamentals of the art of creative writing. Whether you’re working in fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, we embrace a philosophy that entails solid teaching in the elements of each genre while allowing for experimentation as each student’s work evolves. We strive to create a rigorous yet compassionate environment where students can take risks with their art as they continue to build on the foundation of craft-based learning.

Our mission is to provide high quality creative writing education from established authors to the diverse populations of Yavapai County.

Creative Writing
 Certificate: Creative Writing


Creative Writing

We have an 18-credit certificate in creative writing available through on-ground (classroom-based) and on-line delivery systems.

Students do not need to be enrolled in the Creative Writing Certificate to take a creative writing class.

 Program Specifics

Each semester we offer a variety of classes, ranging from an introductory survey of creative writing course through advanced courses in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We also conduct a series of special topics courses, which have covered content on publishing, steampunk fiction, magical realism, revision and novel writing. We will be offering new special topics courses whenever possible.

We hold classes both on-ground and on-line.

All classes, even those that are classroom-based, require a working knowledge of the computer, the internet, and MS Word.

Every semester we offer different classes, so if you see a class you want, don’t wait!


Our instructors are working writers. We understand the challenges of integrating writing into a busy life, and we are actively involved in the current publishing marketplace. Whether you’re choosing a writing class for personal growth or on a track for an MFA, our program will provide the groundwork for your dreams.

Laraine HerringProgram director, Laraine Herring, is a nationally published author and teacher.

Our program hosts an annual student reading in April, an annual award for the Outstanding Creative Writing Student, and several opportunities for intimate workshops with our twice-a-semester Creative Writing Conversations. In addition, we partner with the Literary Southwest reading series, which brings emerging and established writers and poets to our campus four times a year.

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