Creative Writing (Certificate)
In this certificate program, you'll define, develop, and explore your writing ability among a supportive community of writer. Enhance your professional personal writing, whether you're interested in memoir, writing for performance, poetry, nonfiction, or fiction writing. This certificate provides intensive writing and revision workshops, along with lessons in the overall publishing process. You’ll learn how to:
- Write artfully, evoking emotions and expressing points of view
- Critique literature with the eye of a writer and editor
- Read in ways that creatively engage form and content in a variety of genres
- Discover and address your own writing strengths and weaknesses
Develop a more powerful voice, foster your creativity in a positive atmosphere, and receive constructive feedback on your writing in this Creative Writing certificate program.
Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Arts And Culture.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/opc.html
The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Creative Writing requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- MALS 4080 - Literary Genres for Writers: Drama, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
- MALS 4120 - Writing Nonfiction
- MALS 4130 - Fiction Fundamentals
- MALS 4150 - Poetry: The Voice Within
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Arts And Culture programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Arts And Culture programs include:
- MALS 4090 - Writing for the Stage: Fundamentals of Writing Drama
- MALS 4163 - Writing the Screenplay
- MALS 4190 - The Writers Workshop
- MALS 4240 - Memoir & Personal Essay
- MALS 4260 - Writing the Short Story
- MALS 4270 - Writing & Healing
- MALS 4701 - Special Topics in Literature
- MALS 4702 - Special Topics in Writing
- MALS 4740 - Natural Science & Literature
- MALS 4745 - Children's Literature
- MALS 4750 - Literature to Film
- MALS 4755 - World Literature
- MALS 4880 - From Romance to Realism
Additional Elective courses available, please Design your custom plan for elective courses
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Careers in Creative Writing Certificate
Advertiser, Author, Copywriter, Editor, Ghostwriter, Grant Writer, Marketer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Teacher, Writer, Writing Coach, Writing Consultant
Conducting research to obtain factual information and authentic detail; developing written content for advertisements, blogs, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, and online publications; editing written content for grammar, punctuation, and readability; revising written content based on customer and editor feedback transcribing content on behalf of others
Employment for authors and writers is expected to be on the rise between 2012 and 2022, says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for professionals who can develop effective written content for both print and electronic publications exists across all industries, making job prospects for writers very strong. In fact, according to a recent article by US News and World Report, good writing is one of the “Seven Key Skills You Need to Get Hired Right Now.” For those seeking a bit more creative freedom, freelancing is also an option, with approximately 66 percent of working writers reporting self-employment in 2012.
Careers In Arts and Culture
Apply creativity to any job!
Depending on the size of your arts or culture organization, your function may vary from specific to broad with a wide range of duties in between. Whether you're working in writing, event planning, financial planning, fundraising, marketing, technology administration, or production, your love for the arts combined with a master's degree or graduate certificate will prepare you for a job within the arts industry. From negotiations to marketing, budget planning to production, an arts management career for a non-profit, entrepreneurial, or commercial enterprise is ideal for current or aspiring leaders within the arts and culture community who also seek a business background.
Add a splash of color to your career.
Demand for artists with technology skills is expected to increase, particularly for computer and mobile graphic artists. Combine the arts development and program management option with a web design or project management background from the Information and Communication Technology program, or pair your skills with fundraising or marketing. Have a passion for the written word? Try your hand at being a professional full-time writer (70% are self-employed) or work for an online publication or publishing house specializing in e-books. If you'd rather craft your own position and open an art gallery, you're in luck: annual revenues for retail art dealers increased 40% over the past five years, according to US Economic Census data. Sounds like a creative avenue worth exploring!
Where are they now?
Arts and Culture program graduates hold titles such as Communication Manager, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Freelance Author, Teacher, Consultant, Paralegal Assistant, and Library Director for companies or organizations such as Employment Publishing Inc., St. Petersburg College, The Boeing Company, Aurora Public Schools, Denver County School District, City of Pasadena, CIG Media Group, LDS Family Services, CH2M Hill, and Michelman & Robinson.
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