Minors & Certificates
What is Creative Writing?
The creative writing certificate is designed for students who wish to write poems and/or fiction, to improve their writing and abilities through workshops taught by practitioners and possibly to go on to graduate programs in creative writing and careers that are involved with literature, such as teaching and editing. The program is also designed for students who wish to broaden their perspectives of literature to include that of the writer.
The English program offers certificates in Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Medical Humanities, and English courses play a role in the curriculum requirements of several interdisciplinary certificates, including Digital Engagement and Film & Media Studies.
Students who pursue a certificate in Creative Writing should desire to build on their strengths in writing, reading, and critical thinking. The certificate is specifically designed for students who wish to explore the writing of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction; improve their editorial skills; and examine works of literature through the lens of craft. Students take a two-class workshop sequence, three additional creative writing courses, and an English elective; students are strongly encouraged to take a literature course for the elective.
A certificate in creative writing helps to prepare students go on to work in such areas as advertising, copywriting, writing for television and cinema, arts administration, digital content creation, magazine writing and editing, information analysis, book publishing, law, education, and more.
Requirements for Creative Writing Certificate
1. A total of 18 credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA is required. 2. English Composition (ENGL 1001) is the prerequisite required before any coursework is completed. 3. Although not required, it is highly recommended to complete the composition sequence (ENGL 2089: Intermediate Composition or equivalent) prior to beginning coursework. 4. No credit toward the Certificate is earned for 2000 level composition courses. *Note that some courses have prerequisites. Most intermediate courses require one introductory course. Capstones require at least one intermediate course. Course offerings may vary by semester.
One Forms Course
Students must complete one of the following.
|ENGL3086||Forms of Fiction||3|
|ENGL3085||Forms of Poetry||3|
|ENGL3087||Forms of Creative Nonfiction||3|
One Introductory Course
Student must complete one of the following courses.
|ENGL2010||Introduction to Creative Writing Multi: Poetry & Prose||3|
|ENGL2015||Introduction to Screenwriting||3|
|ENGL2017||Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry||3|
|ENGL2013||Introduction to Creative Nonfiction||3|
|ENGL2027||Introduction to Creative Writing: Drama||3|
|ENGL2011||Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction||3|
One Creative Writing Course 3000-Level or Higher
Student must complete one of the following courses.
|ENGL4013||Intermediate Creative Nonfiction||3|
|ENGL3031||The Poet as Actor: Persona and Voice in Poetry||3|
|ENGL4012||Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction||3|
|ENGL3033||Writing Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction||3|
|ENGL3025||Writing Historical Fiction||3|
|ENGL3032||Music and Poetry||3|
|ENGL3028||Memoir as Literature||3|
|ENGL3027||Writing Comic Fiction||3|
|ENGL3030||Writing the Love Poem||3|
|ENGL4011||Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction||3|
|ENGL3015||Poetry and Sound||3|
|ENGL3026||Writing Fiction with a Global Vision||3|
|ENGL4017||Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry||3|
|ENGL3023||Writing the Mystery||3|
|ENGL3022||Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy||3|
|ENGL3049||Creative Writing and Social Change||3|
|ENGL3053||Writing Fiction in the Digital Age||3|
|ENGL3054||Creative Writing Pedagogy||3|
|ENGL5111||Senior Writing Seminar: Fiction||3|
|ENGL5113||Senior Writing Seminar: Creative Nonfiction||3|
|ENGL5114||Senior Writing Seminar: Creative Writing and Research||3|
|ENGL5115||Senior Writing Seminar: Hybrid Forms||3|
|ENGL5117||Senior Writing Seminar: Poetry||3|
Additional Required Creative Writing Courses
Student must complete two additional courses for 6 semester credits. Choose any of the courses listed in Introductory, Forms or Creative Writing requirements that are not used to complete those requirements.
English Elective Course 2000-Level or Higher
Student must complete one 2000 Level or Higher English course -- cannot be ENGL2089 or its equivalent.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Publications and Organizations
English is home to an undergraduate journal, Short Vine, and the nationally prominent literary journal The Cincinnati Review. Short Vine is published by the George Elliston Poetry Fund and edited by English majors in the Undergraduate English Society (UES). The UES includes all English students, and is open to anyone interested. Events include roundtable discussions on graduate school, job fairs, film screenings, and outings to plays and readings.
EventsThe Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series brings a number of distinguished authors to campus each semester. Visitors often conduct a colloquium with creative writing students in addition to giving a public reading. Each year, through the Elliston Poet-in-Residence Program, a distinguished poet comes to campus to give public lectures and readings, and to conduct poetry seminars and workshops. The biennial Emerging Fiction Writers Festival brings four writers to campus for two days of readings and panels. Past visiting writers have included Rita Dove and Colson Whitehead.
Creative Writing faculty have collectively published dozens of books of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and criticism. They have won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Program, and the National Book Awards program.
Freshman Admission Requirements
Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.
In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.
Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.
Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Creative Writing
Full-Time Program Duration
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248 McMicken Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069
Phone: (513) 556-5924