The Certificate in Creative Writing offers an innovative, collaborative course of study for those who have always wanted to unlock their creativity.Each course is designed as a workshop in which you explore new ideas, tackle new writing tools, generate original insights and discover your own powers of expression.Aspiring writers at all levels will gain the skills and experience they need to improve their craft and publish their work; professionals and candidates in other fields will develop a set of highly desirable skills that will set them apart.
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*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.).
Courses in the certificate program are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors.
You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests.
The Certificate in Creative Writing offers both basic and advanced workshops and appeals to students new to creative writing as well as students with writing experience who want to learn new skills.
Through a series of courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting, the Certificate in Creative Writing focuses on creative writing as a form of critical thinking as a way to reimagine audience and as a space of innovation.The Certificate in Creative Writing is a 4-course, 4 c.u.* credit program of study taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty.To earn a certificate, students complete any four courses offered, in any order.A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.Certificate students who complete four of the courses listed below earn a Certificate in Creative Writing.Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission.A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee.Writing Sample: A creative writing sample is required. It should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction applicants and 10 single-spaced pages for poetry applicants. The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time.