Becoming a confident, competent writer begins with professional coaching. The writing program will help you create and nurture your own voice, develop a clear purpose, create a connection with your audience, expand your critical thinking skills and fully support your ideas using credible sources.
In addition to standard composition classes, HCC offers developmental writing courses to help prepare students for college-level writing. As a student in HCC's composition classes, you may be interested in the College's annual student essay contest, which could lead to a cash award and the opportunity to be HCC's student commencement speaker.
Those who have excellent written communication skills are always in demand. As a skilled writer with technical expertise, you might pursue a career in:
Whatever your preference- poetry, short fiction, drama or creative nonfiction- HCC has the writing experience for you. By taking creative writing classes at HCC, you will learn how to recognize and create the formal characteristics of various literary genres and employ assorted writing techniques, including characterization, point of view, conflict, setting, theme and dialogue. Methods for planning, revising and editing original literary compositions and seeking publication will be explored as well.
Several HCC courses concentrate on the creative aspect of writing, including Understanding Drama and Understanding Fiction. Students can also contribute to HCC's literary magazine, Muse, which showcases student and community poetry, short fiction, essays and artwork.
A creative writing background opens many career opportunities, including:
Heartland's literature courses offer you a chance to read everything from works by contemporary authors to the classics. By studying how such literature was used historically and socially, you'll share a connection to the community and an enhanced understanding of what it means to be part of a connected, global society.
HCC literature courses span an array of themes, genres and time periods. Classes include Introduction to Literature, Banned and Burned Literature, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Women's Literature, Introduction to Fiction and Introduction to Poetry. Courses exploring sports, outdoor adventure and graphic novel literature are also available.
A background in literature strengthens critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, while building sensitivities to language and cultural differences. As a result, you will enjoy a variety of career opportunities in several fields, including: