Creative Writing Certificate

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Overview: Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing

This fully-online graduate certificate program is designed for creative writers seeking to sharpen their skills and work toward publishable fiction and/or poetry, and also for teachers seeking to improve and enhance their pedagogy of Creative Writing.

Through a foundational course in techniques followed by workshop classes in which original creative work is read and critiqued, students will complete and revise a body of work under the guidance of experienced teachers and authors from Bowling Green State University’s acclaimed Creative Writing Program. Students will complete 12 hours of graduate level coursework.

Applicants should follow the instructions outlined in the “Graduate Admissions” section of the Graduate Catalog.  The online application can be reached from https://www.bgsu.edu/graduate/admissions.  All application materials are submitted online.   

Applicants are required (1) a Statement of Purpose that identifies the program for which admission is sought and explains preparation for the program, the purpose for enrolling in it, and professional goals relevant to the program; and (2) a Writing Sample: either 8 – 10 double-spaced pages of prose, or 5 pages of poetry.     

Applicants currently enrolled in the Online MA in English at Bowling Green State University need only submit a Statement of Purpose. 

Students will complete:

  • Either ENG 6300 Technique of Poetry, or ENG 6310 Technique of Fiction
  • Three sections of ENG 6320 Graduate Writers Workshop in any genre.

                    Sections are offered in either Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction

Students will complete:

  • ENG 6300 Technique of Poetry
  • ENG 6310 Technique of Fiction
  • Two sections of ENG 6320 Graduate Writers Workshop in any genre.

                    Sections are offered in either Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction