Certificate in Literary Fiction Writing

Produce Your Own Literary Novel or Short Story


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $2,280

Next start date

September 2017

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About this Program

Well-crafted, powerful fiction never goes out of style. Whether you want to write like the greats of the past, emulate the best authors of today or forge your own unique style, you’ll need to learn how literary fiction works from the inside out. Our program gives you the keys to unlock those secrets.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll examine the fundamental features of this style of writing that explores what it means to be human. You’ll learn how to develop richly nuanced characters, thought-provoking narrative themes and lyrical language. Read examples of the classics of the genre and then hone your own writing with exercises and full-length story assignments. Get the words and ideas in your head onto the page and fulfill your literary ambitions.


Those interested in writing and publishing literary fiction.

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Video Overview

Instructors for the Certificate in Popular Fiction Writing and the Certificate in Literary Fiction offer a behind-the-scenes look at these dynamic programs.

Duration: 04:33


  • Essential story components, including point of view, situational set-up, story arc, inciting incident and resolution
  • How to handle advanced concepts such as mood, pace, situational tension, atmosphere and imagery
  • Techniques for working on voice, dialogue and concepts of time
  • Approaches to revising your work and critiquing others’ work
  • Methods for researching markets and preparing your manuscript for submission


Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program