What You’ll Learn
The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing allows writers of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction the opportunity to practice and hone their craft without committing to a full master’s program.
Like a “minor” on the graduate level, it may be taken by students who are pursuing graduate studies in other areas, or by students who wish to explore their interest and aptitude for further work or study in creative writing.
The 15-credit certificate in creative writing is open to both matriculated and non-matriculated students, but all students must be formally admitted.
Courses taken in the certificate program would also apply towards the MA in English. For instance, a student who has completed the certificate would be welcome to apply to the MA program in creative writing, and if accepted could finish that degree in a year. In another case, a student might work towards an MA in English with the emphasis in literature, to be accompanied by the certificate in creative writing.Curriculum & Learning Outcomes
Creative writing is a skill to have in a variety of careers, including:
- Teaching at all educational levels from elementary school to college
- Academic administration
- Sales and management
- Library and Information Technology Services
- Technical writing
All applicants must complete the multi-step process managed by the Center for Graduate Studies.
- Determine your applicant type
- Submit application
- Request all official transcripts
- Review and submit required application materials through the Application Status Portal
- International applicants must also submit international materials
Fall semester: April 15
Spring semester: November 15
Complete applications received after the published deadline are welcome and will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
A National Treasure
Take part in in small workshops and meet distinguished writers through The Writers Forum. This visiting writer’s series offers workshops that are both constructive and intense.
The Writers Forum has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation.
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