Creative Writing Certificate

This is content from the Catalog 2019–2020 back issue. Please visit the current catalog for current information.

Program Contact: Susan Wackerbarth, M.A., M.F.A.



The mission of the Creative Writing Certificate program is to give students a solid foundation in creative writing forms, techniques, and professional opportunities. Students will showcase their ability to write engagingly in their chosen genre(s) by producing a collection of polished, professional creative work.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the certificate program will be able to:

  • Select, revise and polish a collection of creative work in one or several genres: short stories, poetry, playwriting, or non-fiction (biography, memoir—essay collection or longer piece).
  • Review other student-writers’ work and give detailed, meaningful feedback.
  • Plan and carry out a short creative writing teaching practicum (on or off-campus).
  • Prepare and deliver a public reading of creative work.
  • Complete, design, and present a polished collection of creative work (chapbook).
  • Research appropriate publications and submit creative work.


  • Core (6 Credits)
    • ENG 286A Intro to Fiction Writing (3) OR ENG 286B Intro to Poetry Writing (3)
    • ENG 324 Modern English Grammar & Usage (3)
  • Electives (9 Credits)
    • ENG 318 Playwriting (3)
    • ENG 431 Fiction Writing (3)
    • ENG 432 Non-Fiction Writing (3)
    • ENG 433 Poetry Writing (3)
    • ENG 436 Flash Fiction Writing (3)
    • Other upper division creative writing courses as they are offered
      For courses repeatable for credit, all credits earned may count toward the 9-credit requirement.
  • Capstone (3 Credits)
    • ENG 434 Portfolio Seminar (3)


  1. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the certificate.