Develop creative writing skills in multiple genres of interest including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. This customizable program culminates in a capstone project in which students make significant progress on a polished collection of work. This certificate can be completed online or in the classroom.

This program is perfect for…

  • Those new to writing who want to explore various genres while cultivating their skills
  • Writers looking to hone their craft and develop a solid portfolio of work in a particular genre
  • Writers considering university-level writing study, including those who wish to polish pieces for submission to MFA programs
  • Individuals who want to become part of a vibrant and supportive community of writers who share their passion

What you can learn.

  • Identify your creative writing goals and develop a plan to achieve them
  • Deepen your practice within a chosen genre, or explore various forms of creative writing
  • Discover techniques of powerful storytelling, craft compelling characters, and write memorable scenes and stories
  • Receive guidance from successful writers and workshop in a group of supportive peers

Achieve results and reach your writing goals.

  • Whether you are new to writing, have a specific project you’d like to get off the ground, or are preparing to apply to an MFA program, the Certificate in Creative Writing is an immersive program for developing professional writing skills.
  • Our fully customizable certificate honors each individual student’s journey, allowing you to pursue the coursework that is most meaningful to your specific writing goals and level of expertise.
  • The program offers the opportunity to specialize in genres like poetry, short stories, novel writing, essay writing, memoir writing, or to explore writing across genres, hybrid genres, and new forms without the limitation of a prescribed curriculum.
  • The only required course, the Creative Writing Certificate Capstone, allows you to compile and further refine your works into a final portfolio representing the finest examples of your craft.
  • Taught by a prestigious roster of instructors who are published writers and active professionals, courses in this certificate program can be taken onsite, online, or a combination of both.

For more information, contact +233 54 202 5187

About this course:

That novel is inside you waiting to emerge, but knowing how and where to start can be daunting. This course provides you with weekly assignments, group interaction, and instructor feedback to help you explore various methods of writing your first novel while learning the key craft points of plot, structure, characterization, point-of-view, sense of place, and voice. The goal is to complete the first chapter of your novel by establishing an intimacy with your characters as you artfully shape their journey and to develop an overall concept to guide you through your story. Required for students considering the long-fiction sequence.

Certificate Curriculum

The Certificate in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) is fully customizable. You may follow a Writers’ Program sample curriculum plan based on specific writing goals, or design your own program of study.

Students must complete 21 total units comprised of the 3-unit Creative Writing Certificate Capstone course and 18 units of university-level Creative Writing coursework.

Sample Program Tracks:

Date & Time                                       Details                                          Format

January 21 – March 25                        Instructor:                                    In-Person, or

Saturday                                            Nana S. Achampong                      Remote, or

1pm – 4pm                                        +233 54 202 5187                         Online



Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline

No refunds after February 04, 2023

Course Requirements

Internet access required to retrieve course materials.




Type                      Date                                 Time                           Location

Discussion           Sat Jan 21, 2023                1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Jan 28, 2023                1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Feb 4, 2023                  1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Feb 11, 2023                1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Feb 18, 2023                1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Feb 25, 2023                1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Mar 4, 2023                 1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Mar 11, 2023               1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Mar 18, 2023               1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom

Discussion           Sat Mar 25, 2023               1:00PM – 4:00PM           Remote Classroom


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