Program Overview:

Creative Writing Certificate Program

Writers who are serious about their craft can create a custom course of study to prepare for graduate programs in creative writing. In this post-baccalaureate certificate program, students hone their craft, formalize their training and build a solid portfolio of work for application to MFA and MA/PhD programs in writing. Courses are conducted as writing workshops to allow for valuable feedback from a community of fellow writers. As students analyze and write creative work and learn about the publishing world, their creative development is guided by instructors who are respected writers themselves. Students can explore a variety of writing areas, or they may specialize their course of study based on experience and discipline — fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry. 

Program Goals

Creative Writing post-baccalaureate certificate students will:

  • Explore a range of literary works and aesthetic approaches
  • Gain a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative writing by working with established poets and prose writers
  • Learn about the literary publishing industry and develop a sense of the writer's position within it
  • Build a solid portfolio through the development of a regular writing practice

    Required Courses

    Four from the following:

    • ENGLISH 206 Reading/Writing Poetry
    • ENGLISH 207 Reading/Writing Fiction
    • ENGLISH 208 Reading/Writing Nonfiction
    • ENGLISH 306-A Advanced Poetry I
    • ENGLISH 307-A Advanced Fiction I
    • ENGLISH 307-B Advanced Fiction II
    • ENGLISH 308-A Advanced Nonfiction I
    • ENGLISH 308-B Advanced Nonfiction II

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    Additional Information

    Students should have some academic writing experience before beginning the Creative Writing post-baccalaureate certificate.