Nonfiction Writing and Publishing

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Program Description

Degree Awarded: Certificate  Nonfiction Writing and Publishing (Certificate)
Students in the nonfiction writing and publishing certificate program will learn good writing, which includes the ability to read, analyze and synthesize information and concepts and to express them with words. Graduates will have a portable, professional skill that can transcend disciplines and equip them for life both within and beyond the academy. Graduates will have the skills to publish analyses and narratives of complex ideas and knowledge for diverse audiences, from scholars to various public audiences. The certificate embraces all varieties of nonfiction:

  • biography
  • blogs and other types of Web writing
  • creative nonfiction
  • essays
  • formal scholarship
  • genre-specific rhetoric
  • journalism
  • narrative history
  • op-eds
  • popular science writing
  • young adult literature
  • and any other types of prose not based on fiction

The certificate program is unique as it is embedded in specific academic content areas, including disciplinary-specific and transdisciplinary areas.
At a Glance

Degree Requirements
15 credit hours

Required Core (3 credit hours)

HPS 520 or HST 520 Masters of Nonfiction (3)

Electives (12 credit hours)

Degree Offered

Nonfiction Writing and Publishing (Grad Certificate) 
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Downtown (link is external)Polytechnic (link is external)Tempe (link is external)West (link is external)

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
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If you want to complement your graduate degree with a professional skill, consider pursuing the nonfiction writing and publishing certificate. You'll learn how to write biographies, blogs, scholarships, narratives and more. You'll also learn how to analyze and synthesize information --- skills easily transferable to many careers.

Contact Information

School for the Future of Innovation in Society | INTDSB 256 | 480-727-9498