Produce Your Own Literary Novel or Short Story
Next start date
September 29, 2016
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.
To participate in this program, you’ll need to have advanced English language skills. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
This certificate program does not qualify for F-1 visa status. For information on eligible programs, 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.
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
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.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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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