Creative Writing

Certificate in Creative Writing
Creative Writing

About the 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 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 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 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 courses from the advanced course list.

Penn LPS Online courses in the Certificate in Creative Writing are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in the certificate program are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors. For more information about specific course dates, please visit the Course Schedule page.

You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests.

*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

Careers related to Creative Writing

The certificate in creative writing is designed to enhance your writing and storytelling skills and provide a framework for a creative process that can be applied to a myriad of professional roles including:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Fundraising/development consultant
  • Author and journalist

Meet the Faculty

Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch

Faculty Director, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Creative Writing

Director, Creative Writing Program

Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne

Poet, prose writer, teacher and editor

Christy Davids

Christy Davids

Teacher, poet and assistant editor at The Conversant

Al Filreis

Al Filreis

Faculty Director, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Creative Writing

Director, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing

Jeff T. Johnson

Jeff T. Johnson

2017-2018 Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden

Karen Rile

Karen Rile

Writer, editor, teacher

Anna Strong-Safford

Anna Strong-Safford

Curriculum specialist and faculty member in Penn's division of Professional and Liberal Education

Courses

Certificate students who complete four of the five basic courses listed below earn a Certificate in Creative Writing. Those students are then eligible to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing. The additional two courses listed below are available only to those pursuing the Advanced Certificate.

Basic courses

Advanced courses

Courses are subject to change.

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