Creative Writing

Enjoy expressing yourself with the written word?

The college's unique Creative Writing program on the Chatham County Campus is the only Continuing Education program of its kind in the state. The 10-week courses are designed for participants to enhance their skills and enjoy the freedom of writing. Course offerings include; non-fiction, poetry, autobiography, fiction, and writing for children, as well as Saturday workshops on writing screenplays, mysteries, getting published, and journaling. Our instructors are published writers and dedicated to their craft.

A sample of class offerings include:

  • Strategies for Writing a Novel
  • Dark Gothic Romance
  • Memoir Workshop
  • Open Mic
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting
  • Poetry
  • Children's Book Characters
  • Wrestling Your Novel into Submission

All classes are not offered every semester. View the online schedule for up-to-date class information.

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Earn a Creative Writing Certificate

Since the fall of 2009, CCCC-Pittsboro Continuing Education has offered courses and one-day classes in writing short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenplays, and children's literature. The new certificate program will acknowledge completion of 120 hours of classes, including a mentored workshop focusing on polishing, revising, and submitting work for publication.


  • To learn from professionals in a dedicated, supportive environment
  • To try out different forms of writing and refine your goals
  • To complete a body of work and achieve personal goals
  • To receive acknowledgment for intensive, continued study of creative writing
  • To add creative writing credits to a resume
  • To add to your qualifications for college admission
  • To create a portfolio for admission to an MFA program
  • To renew teacher certification

Certificate Requirements:

  1. There are no admission requirements. Writers of all levels are welcome to earn the Certificate.
  2. Fill out this form to notify Continuing Education at CCCC of your intent to complete requirements for a certificate Declaration of Intent
  3. Successfully complete 120 hours of creative writing classes or workshops offered by the Continuing Education Department of CCCC (Pittsboro). For each class, obtain an instructor's signature on this form (Verification of Course Completion) and present it to the Continuing Education department.
  4. Successfully complete a 20-hour required class in revision, polishing and submission, either prose or poetry