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Creative Writing Graduate Certificate

What You’ll Study

Designed for Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree holders and professional writers, this program allows you to specialize in a new genre beyond the specialty genre of your MFA. With this certificate, you will work towards producing a full-length manuscript suitable for publication and a critical paper appropriate for publication on an aspect of the craft, profession, or pedagogy that pertains to your new genre. The genres offered are the same as in the Queens MFA program: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and writing for stage and screen.

Student writing in notebook during class

You will master the ability to self-edit through multiple revisions and/or revise in response to the editing suggestions of others. Learn the formal and thematic requirements of your new genre, as well as demonstrate mastery of your craft at all levels: word choice, the construction of sentence and paragraph (for prose genres), line and verse (for poetry), dialogue (in writing for stage and screen), and the development of a discrete creative element (short story, chapter, poem, essay, or scene).  

Program Highlights

Number of credits: 24 credit hours

Average Completion Time: 12 months

Cost per credit: $850 per credit hour

Flexible Program: Low residency format 

Highlighted Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 206) 
  • Writing of Creative Non-Fiction (ENGL 307) 
  • Advance Workshop in Poetry (ENGL 344) 
  • Studies in Literary Movements (ENG 326) 

Program Contact

Gisele Firmino

Program Coordinator, MFA

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