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Creative Writing Certificate

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.

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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


Students are required to have a fundamental understanding of the English language and grammar rules.

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.

Required Core Courses

Students should complete the four (4) required courses in the order listed below:

Essentials of Creative Writing$42512 hours
Narrative Writing Workshop$42512 hours
The Business of Creative Writing$42512 hours
Advanced Revision Workshop$49512 hours

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Elective Courses

Students must complete three (3) of the following electives before, during, or after the required courses.

Documentary Filmmaking for the Writer$42512 hours
Humor and Comedy Writing$42512 hours
Introduction to Screenwriting$42512 hours
Poetry Workshop$42512 hours
Sitcom Writing$42513 hours
Writing Inspired by Surrealist Art, Film, and Poetry$42512 hours
Writing Your Truth: Memoir$42512 hours
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Who Will Benefit?

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