Produce Your Own Literary Novel or Short Story
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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.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in writing workshop or work experience.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have advanced English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Instructors for the Certificate in Popular Fiction Writing and the Certificate in Literary Fiction offer a behind-the-scenes look at these dynamic programs.
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.
Literary Fiction: Foundations
Literary Fiction: Intermediate
Literary Fiction: Capstone
Certificate in Literary Fiction Writing
Approved by the UW Department of English.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
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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.
Not available for this program
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.
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