Students earn the Certificate in Creative Writing by completing 18 hours in selected writing courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Twelve of the 18 hours must be taken at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Students in the creative writing emphasis produce original fiction or poetry. Courses in creative nonfiction, editing, feature writing and copywriting may also be taken for this emphasis.
Students should choose courses for the certificate with the guidance of the Writing Certificate Coordinator. Students electing ENGL 4890 as part of the certificate should meet with the coordinator to arrange the internship.
To receive this certificate, the student must take 18 hours chosen from the courses listed below, including a Capstone course.
|Select at least two of the following courses (at least one must be a 4000-level course):||6|
|Improving on the Blank Page: Writing Poetry|
|Lying to Tell a Truth: Writing Fiction|
|A Machine Made of Words: Writing Your Best Poems|
|Polishing Your Stories: Producing a Publishable Short Story|
|Students may take no more than two 2000-level courses.|
|ENGL 2040||Fiction Writing Jumpstart||3|
|ENGL 2330||Poetry: The Greatest Hits||3|
|ENGL 2340||Introduction to Drama||3|
|Additional upper-level Creative Writing Courses|
|ENGL 3030||Improving on the Blank Page: Writing Poetry||3|
|ENGL 3040||Lying to Tell a Truth: Writing Fiction||3|
|ENGL 3090||Turning the Kaleidoscope: How We Look at Texts||3|
|ENGL 3100||Junior-Level Writing||3|
|ENGL 4130||A Machine Made of Words: Writing Your Best Poems||3|
|ENGL 4140||Polishing Your Stories: Producing a Publishable Short Story||3|
|ENGL 4160||Special Topics in Writing||3|
|ENGL 4890||Writing Internship||3|
|ENGL 4892||Independent Writing Project||3|
|ENGL 4895||Editing "Litmag||3|
|Professional Writing Courses|
|Students are encouraged to take at least one professional writing course, but no more than two.|
|ENGL/MEDIA ST 2080||Advertising Copywriting||3|
|ENGL/MEDIA ST 3150||Feature Writing||3|
|ENGL 4860||Editing and the Production Process||3|
Students may use ENGL 4895, ENGL 4890, ENGL 4140, or ENGL 4130 as their capstone course. If ENGL 4890 is used, it will be an internship in literary publishing, feature writing, or advertising copywriting. To use ENGL 4130 or ENGL 4140, the student must obtain the teacher’s permission and do extra work in the course. The Editing Litmag course, ENGL 4895, may also be used as the final course for this certificate.
When the student has completed requirements for the certificate, the coordinator will notify the university registrar and the college from which the student will graduate. Upon the student’s graduation, completion of the Creative Writing Certificate will be noted on the official transcript and a certificate will be mailed to the student’s residence. Students who have graduated before completing the Creative Writing Certificate will receive the certificate in the mail and will have the certificate entered on their official transcripts.
Upon completion of the program, certificate earners will be able to:
- Identify and execute particular techniques of the genre, such as characterization, plot, dialogue, metaphor, meter, and rhyme
- Improve, sharpen, and extend these techniques in their own writing through revision
- Demonstrate practice in multiple creative writing genres
- Reflect on their own work in the context of literary traditions and aesthetic points of view
- Possess the ability to critically read and analyze the work of others
- Incorporate constructive criticism into the revising process
- Provide critical feedback to other writers during their creative process
- Experiment with literary traditions to break tradition
- Explain how different genres inform and intersect with one another
- Pursue ideas, techniques, and forms that are outside their comfort zone
- Demonstrate how professional publishing and editing functions, including how and where to send their work for publication
- Market their skills set as creative writers for employment