Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing
The MAPW Program offers a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing. A unique four-course, non-degree program, its aim is to provide instruction and membership in a community of writers to qualified writing students in metro Atlanta and North Georgia who seek intensive creative writing practice but who do not want to matriculate in a graduate program.
The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing:
- allows qualified students to study in graduate-level writing workshops taught by professional writers,
- is designed for those interested in improving their poetry, developing a story, scripting a play, or completing their memoirs,
- offers students the opportunity to work with published authors in a serious and productive environment, and
- gives students a high level of writing instruction and brings writers into a community of engaged writers of all ages who are also seeking to improve their writing, to explore publishing opportunities, to participate in literary events, and to broaden their personal and professional horizons.
- Workshops are offered in the writing of poetry, plays, fiction, and nonfiction as well as in reading contemporary literature and developing careers in the literary arts.
- All courses are offered in the evening from 6:30 p.m. until 9:15, Mondays through Thursdays. All courses are workshops or seminars that allow for both individual critiques from the professor and group critiques from fellow students.
- Students seeking the Graduate Certificate take the same courses as degree-seeking students.
- Students seeking the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing enroll in only four courses in order to earn the certificate.
- Students seeking the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing will choose one of the creative writing genres offered in the MAPW program—fiction, poetry, playwriting, or creative nonfiction—in which they will concentrate. The students are allowed to enroll only in the two workshops that the Program offers in that genre. They will first take the beginning course then the advanced one. For example, students who concentrate in fiction writing will take the beginning fiction writing course then the advanced fiction writing course.
- Students are also required to take "Readings for Writers" (PRWR 6100) and "Careers in the Literary Arts" (PRWR 6800).
- Because none of the courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing is offered every semester, students must plan their course of study carefully.
Beyond the Graduate Certificate
Because creative writing demands continuous and intensive practice, the two workshops required for the Graduate Certificate might not satisfy the student. students who hold the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing or an MAPW degree with a concentration or support area in creative writing may want to continue to enroll in the advanced workshop for the appropriate genre after they have completed all the requirements for their degree or certificate.
- The application deadline is February 1st of each year. Students who are accepted begin attending classes the following Fall semester.