Certificate in Creative Writing

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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.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
Click here: Creative Writing, Cert

Admission Requirements
High School Degree (or equivalent)
Minimum GPA 3.0

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Current WPU students should contact Dr. Salerno (see info below) on registration procedures. 

Application Deadlines*
August 1st: Fall semester
January 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)


For more information or assistance, contact:

Christopher Salerno
Program Coordinator
Salernoc3@wpunj.edu
(973) 720-3061