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Certificate Program

Why earn a creative writing certificate from CCSF?

This certificate offers an interdisciplinary approach to creative expression and provides excellent preparation for a job in the publishing industry or a degree in creative writing. Many courses are UC/CSU transferable, and some fulfill general education requirements for CSU.

  • Discover your voice through artistic expression
  • Join a writers' community
  • Experience publishing, editing, graphic design, & literary event planning
  • Learn from the Visiting Writers Series
  • Produce Forum, a top Bay Area Lit Mag

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify craft elements of creative writing.
  • Analyze and critically discuss published and unpublished literary work for its literary merit.
  • Analyze and critically discuss the relationship between culture and literary expression.
  • Compose original creative works in different genres.
  • Demonstrate skills used in the publication process.
  • Design, plan, and present literary expression in the community.




CCSF events supported or sponsored by the Creative Writing Program:
  • P4P (Poetry for the People) Readings
  • Forum Readings
  • Visiting Writers Series
  • Theatre Arts Productions
  • City Shorts
  • Photography Exhibits
  • Etc. Magazine
    and more!

Past Visiting Writers

Each semester we host a series of public events where creative writers share their craft. Past visiting writers include:
  • Alejandro Murguia
  • Brenda Hillman
  • DA Powell
  • Maceo Montoya
  • Mary Szybist
  • Peter Orner
  • Rusty Morrison
  • Thomas Sayers Ellis
    and more!