Hone Your Narrative Nonfiction Style and Skills
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A well-told true story can capture a reader’s attention unlike almost anything else. Nonfiction is an innovative category that includes everything from blogs to magazine stories to full-length books. The publishing options for this versatile type of writing have greatly expanded in recent years with the proliferation of websites, e-books and self-publishing.
Our certificate program will teach you how to tell real-life stories with creativity and clarity. We’ll explore the fundamentals behind producing engaging nonfiction, including narrative styles, literary techniques and journalistic conventions. You’ll learn how to determine the best format for your story and the most effective way to structure it. Refine your work throughout the program and emerge with a portfolio of writing that you can market for publication.
Those interested in writing and publishing quality nonfiction.
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.
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.
Nonfiction: Writing Seminar & Portfolio
Certificate in Nonfiction Writing
Approved by the UW Department of English and the UW Department of Communication.
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
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