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Creative Writing Certificate

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A certificate program for aspiring writers

Best-selling novels, blockbuster movies and award-winning poems all start with an idea…but the crucial next step of creating words to convey and express those ideas can be daunting. Our customizable Creative Writing Certificate program provides individualized guidance from experienced instructors who have published works in multiple genres. Explore methodologies across all writing categories as you refine both your personal style and voice utilizing the most effective tools and techniques. Schedule flexibility combined with a variety of elective options allows you to tailor the curriculum based on personal interests and skill sets. Build your platform and grow your brand as you work to successfully achieve your writing goals.


The following types of students will benefit from this program:

  • Working professionals looking to bolster their writing skills
  • Aspiring authors eager to become published
  • Hobbyists seeking to hone their craft

Program objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a well-rounded understanding of professional writing techniques spanning all aspects of the writing process
  • Utilize the practical knowledge of how to grow their platform, evaluate the commercial potential of their work, and move toward publishing
  • Create a tangible testament to their academic achievement in the field

Certificate requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:

  • Complete all four (4) of the core courses
  • Complete at least three (3) elective courses
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program. Students must apply for and be accepted into the Advanced Revision Workshop.

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Certificate overview

12-18 months


Time commitment
84 hours