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Certificate in Creative Writing
About the Online Certificate in Creative Writing
The Certificate in Creative Writing offers an innovative, collaborative course of study for those who have always wanted to unlock their creativity. Each online course is designed as a workshop in which you explore new ideas, tackle new writing tools, generate original insights and discover your own powers of expression. You create, collaboratively discuss and revise your original writing with feedback from your instructors and your peers. You also engage with a range of assigned readings and multimedia that inform and grow your innovative practice.
The Certificate in Creative Writing offers both basic and advanced workshops and appeals to students new to creative writing as well as students with writing experience who want to learn new skills. Through a series of online courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting, the Certificate in Creative Writing focuses on creative writing as a form of critical thinking as a way to reimagine audience and as a space of innovation. Taught by professionals in the field, our courses cultivate both individual and group learning, providing an overview of the field as well as deep dives into literary genres. These creative writing courses are designed as hands-on, intensive study of the subtleties and power of language.
The Certificate in Creative Writing is a 4-course, 4 c.u.* credit program of study taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty. To earn a certificate, students complete any four courses offered, in any order. Students who complete the basic certificate may pursue an advanced certificate (6-course, 6 c.u.*) by adding two additional creative writing courses.
Penn LPS Online courses in the Certificate in Creative Writing are offered in accelerated 8-week terms and full terms. Courses in the online certificate program are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors.
You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire online certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests. Visit the Cost of Attendance page for course tuition and fee rates.
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*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.
The Certificate in Creative Writing prepares you to:
- Understand how text conveys meaning across a variety of literary genres and styles
- Explore how to use innovation, flexibility, and collaboration to cultivate a creative writing practice
- Create, revise and edit your original writing in multiple literary genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting
Certificate students who complete four of the online courses listed below earn a Certificate in Creative Writing. Those students are then eligible to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing by taking two additional courses.
- CRWR 1010: The Craft of Creative Writing
- CRWR 1600: Modern and Contemporary US Poetry
- CRWR 2010: Poetry Workshop
- CRWR 2400: The Art of Editing
- CRWR 2600: Fiction Workshop
- CRWR 2800: Narrative Collage
- CRWR 3000: Writing About Place
- CRWR 3200: Screenwriting
- CRWR 3600: Advanced Nonfiction
- CRWR 3700: Journalism
Courses are subject to change.
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Meet The Faculty
- Faculty Director, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Creative Writing
- Director, Creative Writing Program
- Director, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
- Poet, prose writer, teacher and editor
- Lecturer in cinema and media studies
- Teacher, poet and assistant editor at The Conversant
- Lecturer in creative writing
Jeff T. Johnson
- 2017-2018 Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden
- Povich Writer-in-Residence at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW)
- Writer, editor, teacher
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Conditions for Admission
Students should have a native level of fluency in English and be able to write clear, logical and grammatically-correct sentences.
The program consists of earning at least 28 quarter units in Creative Writing and related courses. Students should be able to complete the entire certificate program in 2.5 years or less depending on their work load.
Students must pass all 14 units of required classes, 2 units of Literature, and choose 12 units from our listed electives in order to receive the certificate.
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Certificate Program in Writing
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We recommend beginning with ENGLISH X429 The Craft of Reading , ENGLISH X421 The Craft of Writing or ENGLISH X13 Writing Skills Workshop .
Courses in this certificate are offered online and in the classroom.
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8 courses for a minimum of 16 semester units (240 hours of instruction).
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There are no prerequisites for the Certificate Program in Writing, but a bachelor's degree is recommended.
The Certificate Program in Writing comprises 8 courses for a minimum of 16 semester units (240 hours of instruction), which includes 3 required courses and 5 restricted electives selected from 2 categories: literature (2 courses) and writing workshops (3 courses). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate application fee.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.9. All coursework must be completed within five years. The completion of two courses per year is recommended in order to maintain sufficient academic progress in the certificate.
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Lewis Buzbee is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction. He also teaches in the M.F.A. in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
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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. Classes meet on campus in Chicago or Evanston.
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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
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- ENGLISH 206 Reading/Writing Poetry*
- ENGLISH 207 Reading/Writing Fiction
- ENGLISH 208 Reading/Writing Creative Nonfiction
- ENGLISH 307-A Advanced Fiction I
- ENGLISH 307-B Advanced Fiction II
- ENGLISH 308-A Advanced Nonfiction I
- ENGLISH 308-B Advanced Nonfiction II *course availability varies year to year
In addition to the minimum of four required courses, students may complete literature courses in SPS.
Students should have some academic writing experience before starting the Creative Writing post-baccalaureate certificate.
The recommended start time for this program is fall quarter.
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The priority deadline for applications for fall admission to the Undergraduate Creative Writing Certificate Program was March 1, but applications will continue to be accepted until mid-July, or until all available seats are filled.
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- Fiction: up to 2,500 words total (one story, several stories, or a novel excerpt)
- Poetry: up to 5 pages total (one poem or several poems)
Please include your Name and EID on the writing sample and in the file name: Last_First_EID
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A certificate program for aspiring writers
Best-selling novels, blockbuster movies and award-winning poems all start with an idea…but the crucial next step of creating words to convey and express those ideas can be daunting. Our customizable Creative Writing Certificate program provides individualized guidance from experienced instructors who have published works in multiple genres. Explore methodologies across all writing categories as you refine both your personal style and voice utilizing the most effective tools and techniques. Schedule flexibility combined with a variety of elective options allows you to tailor the curriculum based on personal interests and skill sets. Build your platform and grow your brand as you work to successfully achieve your writing goals.
The following types of students will benefit from this program:
- Working professionals looking to bolster their writing skills
- Aspiring authors eager to become published
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After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a well-rounded understanding of professional writing techniques spanning all aspects of the writing process
- Utilize the practical knowledge of how to grow their platform, evaluate the commercial potential of their work, and move toward publishing
- Create a tangible testament to their academic achievement in the field
To receive the certificate, students must:
- Complete all four (4) of the core courses
- Complete at least three (3) elective courses
- Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
- Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months
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Creative Writing Graduate Certificate (online)
Gain a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative writing with our 100% online graduate certificate.
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The 12 credit graduate certificate in Creative Writing is designed for students looking to:
- prepare their creative writing for publication.
- prepare materials to apply to MFA or PhD programs.
- learn about the marketplace for creative writing.
- become a member of a writing community and to gain valuable experience from working with actively publishing professional writers.
The program offers courses in poetry and prose throughout the year, and during the summer. Although you can complete the program in as little as one year, you have six years to complete the program.
Graduates could get a job as an editor, freelance writer, novelist, or professor, or they could pursue an MFA or doctoral program.
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- Creative Writing Graduate Certificate - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Students will learn how to prepare their creative writing for publication.
- Students will learn how to prepare materials for application to MFA or Ph.D. Programs.
- Students will learn about the marketplace for creative writing and how to become a member of the writing community.
- Students will gain experience about the field by working with actively publishing professional writers.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:
- An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- 10 page sample of creative writing
- Graduate application and fee
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Creative Writing Certificate Program
Overview: Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing
This fully-online graduate certificate program is designed for creative writers seeking to sharpen their skills and work toward publishable fiction and/or poetry, and also for teachers seeking to improve and enhance their pedagogy of Creative Writing.
Through a foundational course in techniques followed by workshop classes in which original creative work is read and critiqued, students will complete and revise a body of work under the guidance of experienced teachers and authors from Bowling Green State University’s acclaimed Creative Writing Program. Students will complete 12 hours of graduate level coursework.
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Applicants should follow the instructions outlined in the “Graduate Admissions” section of the Graduate Catalog. The online application can be reached from https://www.bgsu.edu/graduate/admissions . All application materials are submitted online.
Applicants are required (1) a Statement of Purpose that identifies the program for which admission is sought and explains preparation for the program, the purpose for enrolling in it, and professional goals relevant to the program; and (2) a Writing Sample: either 8 – 10 double-spaced pages of prose, or 5 pages of poetry.
Applicants currently enrolled in the Online MA in English at Bowling Green State University need only submit a Statement of Purpose.
Students will complete:
- Either ENG 6300 Technique of Poetry, or ENG 6310 Technique of Fiction
- Three sections of ENG 6320 Graduate Writers Workshop in any genre.
Sections are offered in either Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction
- ENG 6300 Technique of Poetry
- ENG 6310 Technique of Fiction
- Two sections of ENG 6320 Graduate Writers Workshop in any genre.
Brad Felver, Chair English Department Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 43403 419-372-7543 [email protected]
Jeanne R. Berry (she/her/hers) Secretary to the Chair [email protected]
Updated: 11/16/2022 12:44AM
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