Fiction Writing Certificate

Why does one begin to write?

The Certificate in Fiction Writing
The Certificate in Fiction Writing

The Certificate in Fiction Writing will provide students with the opportunity to develop and hone their skills as fiction writers. To become a better writer, one first needs to become a close reader. The certificate will train students how to read a text with the eye of a writer and with the intent of acquiring narrative techniques. Through this process, students will learn how to discuss a text by referencing narrative elements of craft, including characterization, plot, use of detail, setting and structure. Students will then apply these skills in creating their own works of fiction (short stories, graphic novels, poems, novels, multimedia projects, etc). Students also will be trained on how to comment on one another’s creative work in the safe and nurturing environment of a workshop.

This certificate will appeal to students from a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and beyond who seek to experiment in the creative arts. Students in the natural sciences, engineering or business, who may have an artistic inclination, are welcome to explore their creative interests through the certificate’s diverse course offerings. 

Information about the Certificate

For more information, please contact one of the affiliated faculty members.

Erik Bond, Ph.D.

Caitlin Finlayson, Ph.D.

Shelly Jarenski, Ph.D.