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Academic Certificate (AC) in Creative Writing

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The Academic Certificate (AC) in Creative Writing program is designed to provide students and professional writers with access to a community of writers and creative writing activities, instruction and guidance from established authors, and ongoing support in improving their writing skills and marketing their work. As students take courses in the program, they will build a portfolio of original work that may be used to seek admittance to a bachelor's or master's level creative writing program or that may include work to be submitted for publication. The program offers classes, workshops, and other activities such as readings and contests, which are accessible to writers of all levels regardless of academic or professional standing. The program serves many students, especially women, minorities, seniors, and working adults, who are under-represented in traditional creative writing programs because of cultural, dialect or language differences, scheduling difficulties, financial need, or lack of academic experience.

Completion of the certificate does not lead to a particular degree program, but may aid students in their pursuit of a career in the writing professions and in their continued enjoyment of writing for personal growth.

CIPS Code: 23.1302

Admission Criteria

Students wishing to enroll in the Creative Writing program must complete a formal application, contact Program Director.

Required Courses

Required Courses 21
Course # Course Title Credits

Introduction to Creative Writing 

ENG210 may be substituted for CRW150 with permission
of Program Director.
CRW200 * Reading for Writers (1)

CRW200 must be repeated for a total of two (2) credits.
CRW201 * Portfolio 1
Students must complete six (6) credits from Series I and nine (9) credits from Series II in consultation with a Program Director.
Series I:
Students must complete two (2) of the following courses for a total of six (6) credits.
CRW120 Introduction to Writing Children’s Literature 3
CRW160 Introduction to Writing Poetry 3
CRW170 Introduction to Writing Fiction 3
CRW172 Introduction to Comic Book Writing 3
CRW180 Introduction to Writing Nonfiction 3
CRW190 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
THE118 Playwriting 3
Series II:
Students must complete three (3) of the following courses for a total of nine (9) credits.
CRW202 * The Writer as Witness 3
CRW203 * Dialogue 3
CRW204 * Journaling 3
CRW220 * Intermediate Writing Children’s Literature 3
CRW251 Topics in Creative Writing 3
CRW260 * Intermediate Poetry Writing 3
CRW261 * Topics in Writing: Poetry 3
CRW270 * Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
CRW271 * Topics in Writing: Fiction 3
CRW272 * Planning and Structuring the Novel 3
CRW273 * Writing the Novel 3
CRW274 * Revising the Novel 3
CRW281 * Topics in Writing: Non-Fiction 3
CRW290 * Intermediate Screenwriting 3
CRW291 * Topics in Writing: Plays 3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives 3
Course # Course Title Credits
CRWxxx Any CRW Creative Writing prefixed course not listed under Required Courses area. 1-3
ENG235 Magazine Article Writing 3
ENG260/THE260 Film Analysis 3
ENHxxx Any ENH English Humanities prefixed course 3
HUM210/THF210 Contemporary Cinema 3
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  • The total amount of credits required for this certificate is 24.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • xxx Indicates any suffixed courses.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00
  • ** Not all classes are offered every semester. Contact an academic advisor for additional information
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