Professional Fiction Writing (Certificate)
From short stories to novels, examine the art of writing fiction and develop your own distinctive voice. In the Professional Fiction Writing certificate, you will progress toward mastering the fundamentals of the writing craft. Designed for aspiring writers, the certificate helps you explore various popular genres and influential masterworks. Learn to create a unique presence in the creative marketplace as you work toward becoming a published author. You’ll learn to:
• Identify and analyze key elements of strong fiction
• Apply knowledge of fundamental techniques and genres to your own creative work
• Share your work with other aspiring writers in a spirit of mutual trust and encouragement
• Give and receive constructive critiques that clarify your values and enhance your skills
Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Profesional Creative Writing.
Professional Creative Writing Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Craft writing with a keen awareness of the limits and opportunities of the writing's genre
- Cultivate writing routines and habits that support creative productivity
- Develop a sophisticated knowledge of literary structures and reader expectations
- Apply professional editing standards to evaluate both published writing and writing for your peers
- Assess your own writing and learn how to enhance its strengths and eliminate its weaknesses
- Define your audiences and write in ways that move and entertain them
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/pwri-gedt.html
The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Professional Fiction 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.
- PWRI 4000 - Masterworks: Fiction
- PWRI 4010 - Writing Fiction: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
- PWRI 4020 - Writing the Short Story
- PWRI 4030 - Writing the Novella: Between the Sprint and the Marathon
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Professional Creative Writing programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
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 Professional Creative Writing programs include:
- PWRI 4140 - Natural Science and Literature
- PWRI 4340 - Literature to Film: Bringing Published Stories to the Screen
- PWRI 4410 - Writing and Healing
- PWRI 4420 - Literary Translation: Crossing Borders to Enrich Your Own Writing
- PWRI 4500 - The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
- PWRI 4510 - Literary Genres for Writers: Drama, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
- PWRI 4520 - The Writers Workshop: Responsive Critiques for Creative Revision
- PWRI 4540 - Children's Literature: From Picture Books to Books for Young Adults
- PWRI 4550 - From Romance to Realism
- PWRI 4701 - Topics in Literature
- PWRI 4702 - Topics in Writing
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Careers in Professional Fiction Writing Certificate
Writer, Editor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Copywriter, Teacher, Blogger, Writing Coach, Marketer
Crafting 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; preparing works for publication.
81% of Americans want to write a book, according to Publishing Perspectives, but how many actually possess the skills and determination to achieve the dream? According to the Association of American Publishers, the U.S. book and journal publishing industry generated $28 billion dollars in revenue in 2015, massive growth primarily due to the increasing popularity of audiobooks. The National Endowment for the Arts found that more than half of American adults read a work of literature or a book during their spare time.
Careers In Professional Creative Writing
Be prepared to publish!
Whether you want to be a novelist, screenwriter, poet, or literary journalist, your love for writing combined with a master's degree or graduate certificate will prepare you for a career in creative writing. From developing a professional writing presence to applying expert editing standards, you'll learn to master the fundamentals of writing for various genres and be prepared to submit your written works to an editor or agent.
The future of digital reading has arrived!
With the rise of mobile-reading—Nielsen says 54% of ebook buyers read from a smartphone on the go-be prepared to write prose people can't put down. Also be prepared to go global, with the growth of opportunity in international markets, according to the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Enhance Your Career
As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.
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