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The Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and Publishing is a program aimed at improving nonfiction writing of all varieties and genres. It can be taken as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone pursuit.
Good writing — which includes the ability to read, analyze, synthesize information and concepts, and express them with words — is a universal need. Every student should have this ability. Writing is an especially important professional skill that can help transcend disciplines and equip you for life within and beyond the academy.
Some academic studies are text-based, for which reading and writing nonfiction are essential crafts; the humanities are especially good examples. But science and technology, too, require the capacity to communicate, particularly if their findings are to enter general society or influence policy.
This certificate addresses these needs. It features writing-intensive courses that require weekly submissions, as well as writing-involved courses that feature writing within the context of disciplinary-based research and publishing.
The certificate is linked with schools and programs across ASU's campuses, as well as with the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing (link is external).