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You're never alone at Pikes Peak State College. We provide you with the support and resources you'll need to succeed this semester. From our tutors in the learning commons to our passionate faculty, we are here to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Join PPSC students who have published their creative work both locally and nationally in Caravel Literary Arts Journal, Manifest West, One Hundred Voices, Parley, Right-Hand Pointing, river run, Tempered Steel, U. S. Represented, Zeroflash, and more, and who have gone on to study writing at both undergraduate and graduate-level programs.

Creative writing classes not only provide students with a safe space to make sense of the human dynamics around them, but it teaches them writing at the highest level, going beyond lucidity into the realm of literary tension, and then further into humor, narrative complexity, abstraction, and metaphor. 

     —Rebecca Wallace-Segall, The Atlantic 

  • Great student-to-teacher ratio

  • Motivated, highly-qualified faculty

  • Engage in real-world applied learning including study abroad

  • Convenience of three campuses and on-line options

  • Guaranteed transfer of 60 credits to any Colorado state university

  • Offers an Associate of Arts Degree with Designation in English (Literature Emphasis). See Degree Options for details.

  • Cost Effective:  same classes at a significantly lower cost and concurrent enrollment is free for high school students

The Planning for a Bachelors website has information on specific transfer agreements for in-state, private, and out-of-state schools that have existing transfer agreements with PPSC.

Example Course Track with Creative Writing Courses

Course

Credits

Written Communication:  ENG 121 (or ENG 122 if student tests out of ENG 121)

3

Mathematics:  GT -MA1 (MAT 120 recommended)

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  GT-SS course (any GT-SS1, SS2, or SS3)

3

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4 (NO GT-AH2 LIT courses can be used to meet this requirement)

3

Natural and Physical Sciences:  GT-SC 1 (students must take one GT-SC course with a laboratory)

3-4

TOTAL

15-16

Course

Credits

Written communication:  ENG 122 (or ENG 201 for students who tested out of ENG 121)

3

ENG 221 Creative Writing I (transfers as elective)

3

History:  GT-HI1

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  GT-SS course (any GT-SS1, SS2, or SS3)

3

Literature:  AH2 (LIT 115 recommended)  

3

TOTAL

15

Course

Credits

ENG 222 Creative Writing II (transfers as elective) 

3

Communication:  COM 115, or COM 125, or COM 225

3

Arts and Humanities: GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4

3

ENG 226 Fiction Writing or ENG 230 Creative Nonfiction (transfers as elective)

3

Literature: any GT-AH2 LIT 200 course

3

TOTAL

15

Course

Credits

ENG 227 Poetry Writing (transfers as elective)

3

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4

3

Literature:  any two GT-AH2 LIT 200 courses

3

Natural and Physical Sciences:  GT-SC 1 (students must take one GT-SC course with a laboratory)

3-4

JOU 215 Publications Production and Design (Parley)

3

TOTAL

15-16

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Example Classes I Might Take

  •  ENG 221 Creative Writing I

  •  ENG 222 Creative Writing II

  •  ENG 227 Poetry Writing

  •  ENG 230 Creative Nonfiction

  •  JOU 215 Publications Production & Design

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Support to help you succeed

The English Department’s creative writing courses at Pikes Peak State College helps students develop their imaginative and critical thinking skills.  PPSC students have published their creative work in Parley, U. S. Represented, Caravel Literary Arts Journal, Manifest West, One Hundred Voices, Right-Hand Pointing, Tempered Steel, Zeroflash, and more! Whether you’re an interested beginner or an experienced writer, creative writing courses at PPSC will help you discover and refine your voice. These courses are under the Division of Mathematics and English umbrella.

Creative Writing Faculty Contact

Advising Team

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Advising@pikespeak.edu
719-502-3232
719-502-2000