Creative Writing (Certificate)

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Want to explore imaginative writing and learn how literature and the creative process work? Creighton’s Certificate in creative writing is ideal for those looking to add writing fundamentals to expand their creativity or enhance their careers.

You can take courses during the day, in the evening—or both—to fit your busy life. You’ll study with faculty who are graduates of the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, accomplished writers and caring mentors. And, when you finish, you’ll have a valuable certificate from Creighton University, an institution with more than 130 years of academic excellence.


There are many career-enhancing outcomes with certificates from Creighton University.

If you have not yet begun a college degree, this certificate could be your first step, with credits usually meeting some of the major requirements for a degree.

Already completed a bachelor’s degree? This program could bring you personal enrichment or strengthen your career options by improving your writing skills and creativity.

What You'll Learn

  • Creative writing basics, as well as knowledge of narrative forms and poetry
  • An appreciation for literature
  • Hands-on instruction in writing under the guidance of experienced professional writers


College of Professional Studies students can earn an undergraduate certificate in creative writing by successfully completing a total of 21 credits. See the complete curriculum for the undergraduate certificate.

Prospective students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can pursue a graduate certificate in creative writing by completing 24 credits. See the complete curriculum for the graduate certificate.


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Admissions Requirements

Entry to the Certificate program requires evidence of prior achievement in creative writing in the form of a submitted manuscript (6-8 pages of poetry or 10-15 pages of fiction), to be judged by the Director of Creative Writing and/or a full-time member of the creative writing faculty.

If you already have at least an undergraduate degree and are interested in the graduate certificate, see also general Graduate School admissions requirements.

If you are interested in the undergraduate certificate, see general College of Professional Studies admissions requirements.

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