Creative Writing, Undergraduate Certificate

The 12-credit Certificate in Creative Writing program is designed for those who want to explore the art of writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The program is open to adult learners with at least a high school diploma, as well as undergraduate students attending community college or university. Any credits you earn in the program can be applied to a college or university degree. Creative Writing Certificate courses can be completed entirely online, though some courses may be offered in person or in “hybrid” or "hyflex" formats for those interested in attending in-person.

Certificate course instructors are experienced creative and professional writers, all of whom are associated with William Paterson University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative and Professional Writing. All of the craft courses are taught on the workshop model, with open discussion and detailed, constructive criticism of each student's writing.

Courses taken for this certificate may also count towards the English major, English minor or University Core Curriculum.

View course descriptions in the University Course Catalog:

Program Details

  • Level: Undergraduate; Intermediate Level
  • Eligibility: Current WP Students; Non-WP Students
  • Credit or Non-Credit: 12 college credits (4 courses)
  • Instruction Method: Traditional and online courses available
  • Average Time to Completion: Three semesters; summers optional

Skills Developed*

  • Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork

*Categories based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) key competencies

Noteworthy Careers Supported by this Certificate

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Author/Writer 
  • Media Content Writer

Contact us

Christopher Salerno, Program Coordinator
Grant Hall 343

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