Certificate in Creative Writing 

The Certificate of Special Study in Creative Writing is a 12-unit program intended for those who wish to study the art of literary writing without matriculating for a degree, or in addition to earning a degree in English or another area.

The certificate is ideal for K-12 classroom teachers or others who have already earned a degree, but would like further expertise in creative writing. It allows students, graduates, and professionals in a variety of fields the opportunity to enhance their training and bolster their resumes with a substantial creative writing background, making them more competitive on the job market and better prepared for professional careers and/or graduate degree programs.

Admission

Admission to the certificate program requires the consent of both the creative writing program coordinator and the chair of the department. Contact the certificate adviser to submit a letter of interest. Courses toward the certificate may be taken while working toward a degree in any area, but units do not double count. Non-matriculated students should enroll in courses through Fresno State’s Open University Program.

Requirements

The certificate program requires a minimum of 12 units of upper-division work. Students may take 12 units comprised of two courses in one genre (courses may be repeated one time) and one in either of the other genres; OR students may take one course in each of the three genres.

Engl 161 - Advanced Writing of Poetry (4 units)
Engl 163 - Advanced Writing of Fiction (4 units)
Engl 164 - Advanced Writing of Creative Nonfiction (4 units)

Also recommended: at least one course at upper-division level in an area of contemporary literature.

Note: Course prerequisites (Engl 41, 43, 44) may be waived with permission of the certificate adviser and the specific course instructor, upon approval of your writing sample.