Dual-Genre Writing Graduate Certificate Program

The certificate of advanced graduate study in Dual-Genre Writing provides you with the opportunity to grow as an artist and produce new creative work and/or revise preexisting manuscripts, within the specializations of fiction, popular fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The small-group workshop perennially format allows for individual attention from published, award-winning faculty. Flexible scheduling — with courses offered in the evenings and on weekends on Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses as well as online and in hybrid format — gives you the opportunity to balance your professional, personal, and writing lives. While earning your certificate, you'll connect with other writers at readings and other events in an artistic community that extends beyond the University into Chicagoʼs vibrant literary scene.


• Four units of workshops (two workshops in each genre)




Learning Objectives

The Dual-Genre Writing COAGS has been designed to ensure that certificate holders:

  • Have increased their knowledge of the craft elements related to two specific genres of writing
  • Have meaningfully added to their body of creative work
  • Honed their editorial skills for their own and their peers’ work
  • Continued developing their skills to read texts (published or unpublished) as writers
  • Have had the opportunity to engage in lively literary exchanges inside and outside of the classroom


More About the Dual-Genre Writing program

Dual-Genre Writing Course Schedule

The Dual-Genre Writing Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Dual-Genre Writing Faculty

You can find a full listing of our instructors in this certificate program on the Dual-Genre Writing Faculty page.

Admission to the Dual-Genre Writing program

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. A competitive graduate record that indicates strong academic ability is required. Work, internship, or research experience is highly desirable, but not a requirement. A list of admission requirements can be found on the Dual-Genre Writing Admission page.

Dual-Genre Writing Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Dual-Genre Writing page.

Dual-Genre Writing Registration Information

Our Dual-Genre Writing Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Find out more about Northwestern's Dual-Genre Writing program

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