Certificate in Nonfiction Writing

Hone Your Narrative Nonfiction Style and Skills


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date

October 2017

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About this Program

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.

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  • The different formats of nonfiction, including journalism, personal essays and memoirs, and full-length books
  • How to conduct research, identify your audience, organize your material and find your narrative voice
  • Word choice, imagery, rhythm, cadence, humor and other literary elements
  • How to write query letters and proposals and develop relationships with agents and publishers


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