Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Minnesota, United States

Residential program

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers an AA in Creative Writing and an AFA in Creative Writing. The creative writing program features well published faculty teaching course offerings in screenwriting/playwriting, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and young adult/children's writing. Activities include two literary magazines and two active creative writing clubs. The Two Rivers Reading Series, a visiting author and common book program, brings celebrated authors to campus; previous guests have included Robert Bly, Louise Erdrich, Swati Avasthi, Nurradin Farah, Diane Glancy, David Haynes, James Moore, and many others. Articulation agreements with other Minnesota private and public colleges makes transferring easy for students. All classes offered seated and online, including our one-on-one manuscript independent study capstone and our practicum Writer's Life course.


Contact Information

11200 Mississippi Blvd. N.W.
Dept. of English
Coon Rapids
Minnesota, United States
55433-3470
Phone: 763-433-1256
Email: kathryn.kysar@anokaramsey.edu
Fax: 763-433-1271
www.anokaramsey.edu



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Kathryn Kysar
Chair, Creative Writing
Department of English
Arts & Letters
Coon Rapids
Minnesota, United States
55433-3470
Email: kathryn.kysar@anokaramsey.edu
URL: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/classes/Academics/EnglishDept/kkysar

Anoka-Ramsey's AA in Creative Writing features vibrant, well- published faculty teaching classes in creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, screen/playwriting, and children's/young adult writing. This degree prepares students for an English major with an emphasis in creative writing. Articulation agreements with Moorhead State University, Augsburg University, University of Wisconsin-Superior, and Hamline University.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 25
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Application Requirements: Other

Undergraduate Program Director

Kathryn Kysar
Chair, Creative Writing
Department of English
Arts & Letters
Coon Rapids
Minnesota, United States
55433-3470
Email: kathryn.kysar@anokaramsey.edu
URL: http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/classes/Academics/EnglishDept/kkysar

Our Associate of Fine Arts offers a twenty credit creative writing core that allows students to take classes in creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for children and young adults, playwriting/screenwriting, and fiction. In addition, students complete a final manuscript in an independent study with an expert in their genre and a publications/practicum class entitled "The Writer's Life." We have articulation agreements with Hamline University, Metropolitan State University, University of Wisconsin-Superior, and Augsburg College.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 25
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Writing for Children, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Application Requirements: Other




FACULTY

Kathryn Kysar

Kathryn Kysar is the editor of Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers and the author of two books of poetry, Pretend the World and Dark Lake. She has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. She recently served on the board of directors for AWP and currently serves on the board of directors of Rain Taxi Review.

www.kathrynkysar.com


Scott Wrobel

Scott Wrobel's collection of short stories entitled Cul de Sac wasI finished a book, Cul De Sac was published by Sententia Books in April 2012. He has published work in Great River Review, Identity Theory, Minnesota Monthly, Night Train, Pindeldyboz (web), The Rake, Sententia, and Word Riot, among other places. He is the winner of a 2006-07 Loft Mentor Series Fiction Award and the 2008 Third Coast Creative Nonfiction Contest.

www.scottwrobel.com


Paige Riehl

Paige Riehl is a 2012-2013 winner of the Loft Mentor Series contest. She is the 2011 winner of the Literary Latte prize in poetry and a semi-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry.

www.paigeriehl.com


William Breen

William Breen is a 2012 winner of the Loft-McKnight award for his upcoming young adult novel. His poetry has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review and Measure and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He received a B.A. in English Literature and Writing from Bethel University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas.

http://webs.anokaramsey.edu/english/Biographies/Bill%20Breen.htm


Melody Heide

Melody Heide's work has appeared in various literary journals such as Switchback Magazine, Blue Lake Review,The Beard, and The Purple Door Arts Magazine. She has worked as an editor for The Blue Earth Review and recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with her MFA in Creative Writing.

www.mlheide.com


Elizabeth Tannen

Elizabeth Tannen's work has appeared in places like NPR, Salon, The Rumpus, The Morning News, and Psychology Today. She writes the blog Dating in the Odyssey Years, and blogs for the Huffington Post. She has been awarded residencies by the New York Mills Arts Center in Minnesota, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

http://www.elizabethtannen.com


Scott Stankey

Scott Stankey attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he received both his Bachelor of Science degree in English (with a minor in Chemistry) and his Master of Arts degree in English; his master’s thesis examined the “philosophies of composition” in the prose of Robert Frost and William Wordsworth. He has continued to take graduate courses in English and Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and he received a Certificate in Post-Secondary Developmental Education in 2009.

http://www.anokaramsey.edu/en/classes/Academics/~/link.aspx?_id=D74F9A8DA31F4216831EF84BB9744E39&_z=z


Rachel MacDonald

Rachel MacDonald is a graduate of University of St. Thomas' masters degree program and received an honorable mention from the Loft Literary Center's 2015 mentorship program.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-macdonald-5aa67ab3





COMMUNITY

The Two Rivers Reading Series in is its twentieth year on the Coon Rapids campus. This common book/visiting author program has featured Louise Erdrich, Nurradin Farah, Robert Bly, David Haynes, and many others. The Minnesota Authors series features an esteemed local author once a year on the Cambridge Campus. All visits are recorded and archived.