Nonfiction Writing and Publishing

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Program Description

Degree Awarded: Certificate  Nonfiction Writing and Publishing (Certificate) 

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The graduate certificate program in nonfiction writing and publishing is based on the belief that the work done within the university is most impactful when it can be shared --- in a clear and compelling way --- with audiences beyond chosen fields of research.

In this interdisciplinary certificate program, graduate students read, study, and write narrative nonfiction, from literary journalism to op-eds and from explanatory essays to memoirs. Students learn how to analyze the craft and stylistic decisions of professional and literary nonfiction writers and utilize these skills in their own writing. They learn how to write effectively for specific audiences outside of academia and learn how to get their work published.

This program's faculty teach scholars and students to produce vivid writing that connects with a larger public as well as the most effective ways to get their writing out into the world, be it through blogs, online or print publications, trade books, or film and television.

The certificate program is open to graduate students with a background in the humanities and those in biomedicine, the techno-sciences, and other fields who want to write eloquently, persuasively, and memorably about their research or professional experiences.

At a glance

Degree requirements
15 credit hours

Required core (6 credit hours)

HSD/HPS/HST 520 Masters of Nonfiction (3)
HSD 521 Writing True Stories that Matter (3)

Electives (12 credit hours)

Degree offered

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


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Plan of study

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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