Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing
Progress toward mastering the fundamentals of writing narrative nonfiction. From memoir to personal essay, find your narrative voice and tell your story. In this certificate, you’ll discover how to capture the attention of your audience with nonfiction writing that sparks interest and inspires action.
At a Glance
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Skills You'll Learn
Identify and analyze key elements of creative nonfiction writing
Define your audiences and write in ways that move and entertain them
Critique your own writing
Specialized Graduate Certificate in Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).
All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.
Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program.
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Interested in a master's degree?
Explore our Master of Arts in Professional Creative Writing with a concentration in Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing.
Take a Course Before You Apply
We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.
Predicted outcomes for graduates of Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing
Nonfiction writing is on the rise and consumers are even willing to spend more on nonfiction titles, according to a Smashwords survey. According to Publishers Weekly, adult nonfiction had the largest gains in sales compared to other genres.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for writers and authors is projected to grow 9% through 2030. Writers and authors who adjust their work for online content and social media may have an advantage.
Writer and Author Salary: National Average
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Hear from Our Students
"The writing assignments at that level really helped elevate my writing. It made me more keenly aware of the editing process as well as some more practical purposes." —Bobby LeFebre, graduate.
Flexible Online Classes
We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.
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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.