Anoka Ramsey Community College offers both an AFA  and a Certificate in Creative Writing on our Coon Rapids and Cambridge Campuses. Our AFA is one of the largest, most successful, and innovative two year creative writing degrees in the country. It can be completed fully online or on our Coon Rapids campus with award-winning published professors.

Our AFA culminates in two classes: A Writer’s Life, which gives students hands-on career exploration and publishing knowledge, and Manuscript Development, a one-on-one independent study with an accomplished writer. Our AFA program also has strong transfer partnerships with Augsburg University, Metropolitan State University, Hamline University, and University of Wisconsin-Superior. 

Our Certificate is a streamlined degree that consists of our core creative writing classes without the 40-credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Students in both programs are connected to our vibrant literary community through our Careers in Writing speaker series and internship and volunteer opportunities. Students graduate from our degrees with greatly improved writing skills that prepare them for the job market and four-year degree programs.