Creative Writing and the Writer’s Studio

Your writing matters. Get to work on it.

Whether you are just starting out or looking to push your writing to the next level, join our students who have had work published, won honors and awards, and become the writers they wanted to be.


About the Program

Writer's Studio open courses and the Creative Writing Certificate offer the following benefits for our students:

  • Personalized instruction from high-quality instructors
  • Inspiring interaction with other serious writers
  • Learning opportunities uniquely designed for adult students
  • Convenient downtown location

Writer's Studio Open Courses

  • Open courses meet once a week for 2.5 hours for 4 or 8 weeks, with some shorter seminars available. Courses are mostly workshop-based, focused on discussion of student and published writing, and cover a variety of topics and genres, from generating story ideas to polishing your screenplay or novel for review by agents.
  • Open courses do not have an admission process and are available to anyone who wishes to improve their writing. To register for open courses, just browse our online listings. There is no need to submit an application for writing courses whose course code begins with WS.

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Creative Writing Certificate Program

Certificate students develop a substantial body of work in novel, short story, or creative nonfiction through 4 ten-week workshops that culminate in 15 weeks of one-on-one instruction. They also take multigenre electives, give a public reading of their work, and participate in a publishing seminar.

In order to be awarded the Certificate in Creative Writing, a student must satisfactorily complete the following program requirements:

  • Four core curriculum courses in the student's chosen genre
  • Two electives
  • An individually mentored tutorial
  • A final project
  • Public reading from the student's work

Visit the Certificate Curriculum page for more information on the Creative Writing Certificate Program and to view courses.

Application/Registration Requirements

To apply to the certificate program, you will need to submit the following:

  • Completed application, including a self-evaluation of your writing
  • Application fee ($40)
  • Writing sample (10-20 pages of prose; 3-5 pages of poetry)