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Creative writing badge

Creative Writing Experience

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Major Topics and Concepts


Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5


Students will demonstrate an understanding of creative writing by analyzing author’s craft including mood, theme, and voice, distinguishing among genres, understanding word choice, engaging in free writing, and brainstorming.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating characters, setting, and developing themes by evaluating one or more literary works and using strategies of points of view, reasoning, and language to create original literature.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to create dialogue and point of view by analyzing the purpose of dialogue, examining examples of dialogue and point of view, creating dialogue, and using point of view to develop characterization, advance plot and develop the theme in an original story or screenplay.

Students will demonstrate the ability to write poetry by analyzing how poetry presents a perspective on a subject, learning and using the key strategies of poetic structure, explaining and using literary devices, and understanding and using emphasis of detail.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of revision and purpose by explaining the difference between revision and critique, listing approaches to revision, explaining professional expectations for writing-related careers, demonstrating the purpose and process of drafting and editing.

Foundations of Creative Writing

Offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, this micro-credential provides fundamental aesthetic strategies needed to begin writing original poetry and fiction.Earners of this badge have gained skills in writing poetry and fiction, and have also gained knowledge and insight pertaining to publishing opportunities, and the many career opportunities in the fields of writing, editing and publishing.


  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Leadership
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration

Earning Criteria

Earn a grade of B or better in ENG207: Introduction to Creative Writing, and either ENG390: Creative Writing: Poetry OR ENG391: Creative Writing: Fiction; Write and revise a final piece of writing as a portfolio artifact; Develop an introductory critical statement about the piece/project.

Writing Digital Badge

Earn a Harper Digital Badge to authenticate the work you have done to hone your writing skills and prepare for writing and publishing in today’s market. Your digital badge in Writing will allow you to demonstrate your qualifications to potential publishers, clients and employers via an electronic résumé. You can also include your Writing Digital Badge icon on your printed résumé; add it to your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media profile; and add it to your email signature.

Successful writers know that they can benefit from quality writing instruction. One of the best parts of the classroom experience is interaction with other writers to get feedback and perspective on your work. All of CMAC’s writing program instructors are published authors who can help you get your words on paper (or a screen) and published. Now you can earn a credential that will make you a better writer, help you understand how to assemble and sell your work, and prepare you to present your qualifications to others. We have designed the program to help you work on your writing skills and to obtain the skills necessary to succeed in today’s market, whether you are signing with a mainstream publisher or self-publishing.


  • Core Course (choose one of three): Fiction Writers Workshop, Non-Fiction Writers Workshop or Technical Writing Workshop. By choosing your particular area of interest, you will begin to understand the specialized skills that apply to each type of writing. You will learn about that style of writing, interact with peers who are working in the same area, and receive feedback on your writing from your instructor. In each class you are welcome to work on your own projects in addition to the assignments that the instructor creates.
  • Word Processing for Writers: There is a particular set of skills you should master in Microsoft Word if you are working on a book or other long document, whether your goal is submitting your work to a publisher or self-publishing. The Word Processing for Writers course does not cover Word comprehensively, but rather, it focuses on the features most important for book authors including using styles, font selection, automatic generation of tables of contents and indexes, headers and footers, page numbering, image management, and others.

LLA0051 – How to Self-Publish – On Demand: Our Online Self-Paced (On-Demand) version of this course includes all four required components: 1 Self-Publishing Basics; 2 The Self-Publishing Landscape, 3 Your Self-Publishing Plan; and 4 Self-Publishing Promotion

You don’t have to stop here, though. You are, of course, welcome to enroll in any of the electives that we offer. The electives are designed to dig deeper into certain aspects of writing. You are free to choose those that speak to your own interests. We will offer a number of electives each semester that will help you work on your writing. Join with your peers and our excellent instructors to work on screenwriting, poetry, narration, voice, musical motifs, family histories, memoirs, blogging and self-publishing.

Work with us to enter the modern world of publishing so that your words can be read by many.