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Creative Writing Certificate

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 15 to 17
  • Degree: Creative Writing Certificate
This certificate program offers students the opportunity to develop their writing ability in a range of creative genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and new media writing. This program is a flexible way for students with any major to develop creativity and a passion for writing. Courses in the certificate sequence provide a series of student-centered workshop experiences in which writers receive constructive, supportive feedback from peers and instructors on their work. Creative writing courses meet students where they are, helping them to set individualized goals and grow as writers. Students may complement their craft courses with additional coursework in aesthetic or professional practice. At the end of the program, students prepare a portfolio of their work and, with the guidance of a faculty advisor, craft a letter that introduces their work to prospective literary agents, editors, and publication venues. Students who wish to share their work may also participate in celebratory public readings held yearly.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Core (14-16 cr)
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2800 - Nature Writing [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4116 - Advanced Writing of Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4122 - Advanced Writing of Poetry (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 1006 - Journal and Memoir Writing [LE CAT] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
Capstone (1 cr)
ENGL 4901 - Creative Writing Capstone (1.0 cr)
 
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ENGL 2800 - Nature Writing (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course introduces students to the practices and conventions of nature writing. Students learn to write creatively about the natural world and to read literary works that engage with it. Students produce creative work in a variety of forms and submit two of their productions for review by the class. The class also conducts numerous field trips to local outdoor settings, such as Tischer Creek and, if logistics permit, Gooseberry Falls, where they engage in nature writing directly and discuss relevant texts. By the end of the semester, students can expect to have a richer understanding of environmental literature, the ethical debates surrounding it, and the craft behind it, as well as, hopefully, a deeper appreciation for nature.
ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Writing of original fiction, with emphasis on the short story; structure and techniques learned from critical reading and classroom analysis. prereq: WRIT 1120, minimum 60 credits (6 credits literature) or instructor consent
ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing of poetry, with emphasis on techniques learned through critical reading and classroom analysis.
ENGL 4116 - Advanced Writing of Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Writing of original fiction beyond the beginning stages; some experience required. prereq: instructor consent, no grad credit
ENGL 4122 - Advanced Writing of Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of poetics and poetry, with emphasis on student poems. prereq: 3121 or instructor consent, no grad credit
WRIT 1006 - Journal and Memoir Writing (LE CAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Study various published and unpublished journals and memoirs, write journals and memoirs entries, and read about social context of journals and memoirs.
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
ENGL 4901 - Creative Writing Capstone
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students assemble a portfolio of creative writing, and with the guidance of a faculty advisor, craft a letter that introduces their work to prospective literary agents, editors, and publication venues. pre-req: After completing the majority of the Certification in Creative Writing requirements students should register for this course, instructor consent