Certificate in Creative and Life Writing


About the Certificate Program

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Park University is pleased to announce the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Life Writing, which will be implemented in AY2014-2015.

This new, fully online program involves a year-long study of creative writing in fiction and nonfiction, with students selecting their primary focus genre. The program offers students the opportunity to write original works in the context of a supportive, constructive, and craft-focused writing community.


Who might be interested in this program?

The program will appeal to anyone who has a story to tell and who wants to explore the techniques and challenges involved in putting that story into publishable form. Prospective students should feel comfortable learning in an online environment.

What are the entrance requirements?

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is eligible to apply – the certificate program does not require an undergraduate degree in the humanities. To be considered for the program, applicants must successfully apply for admission to Park’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies, and submit a personal statement in which they outline their writing goals and interests.


Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of twelve credit hours, consisting of six credit hours in required courses, plus six credit hours in elective courses that focus on the student’s chosen genre. The program offers a fixed, year-long schedule.

Curriculum (2014-2015 Catalog)
Term All Students Fiction Concentration Students Nonfiction Concentration Students
Fall I EN515: Readings for Writers    
Fall II   EN516: Creating Fiction EN518: Creative Nonfiction
Spring I   EN517: Advanced Fiction Writing EN519: Advanced Creative Nonfiction
Spring II EN525: Writing for Publication    


How can someone apply?

Park is currently recruiting 15 students for the first cohort of the certificate program. Prospective students interested in more information or who would like to reserve a spot should contact Brian Shawver, MFA, Chair, Department of English, no later than March 15, 2014.

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