Creative Writing, Advanced Certificate

Dr. Brigitte Byrd, Coordinator

Creative Writing in the Digital Age, Advanced Certificate

The Certificate in Creative Writing in the Digital Age will develop skilled writers who are technologically savvy by providing them with knowledge and skills necessary to create, publish, and market creative works.

This program will take students beyond traditional creative writing by introducing them to the production of digital content for multi-platform delivery. The certificate will prepare students for careers such as web content writer, digital copywriter, professional blogger, social media specialist, editorial assistant, magazine journalist, columnist, writer/author, creative director, publishing copyeditor/proofreader, and other professions in education, the arts, public relations, and business, especially the publishing business.

Students in this program will achieve the following outcomes:

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Engage the creative process with experimentation and problem solving to produce original works in multiple genres.
  2. Interpret the effects of technical craft elements in published literary works.
  3. Acquire expertise in designing digital and print texts.
  4. Apply the peer review workshop process to explore, develop, and revise original writing.
  5. Demonstrate social responsibility and ethical behavior toward the creation of original works in a culturally diverse world.
  6. Create an e-portfolio composed of traditional creative writing pieces and content for digital/multi-platform delivery.
  • The certificate is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited international institution.
  • Students will complete an application form from the School of Graduate Studies at Clayton State University.
  • Students will be required to complete 15 course credit hours from a select menu of courses.
  • The certificate is offered 100% online and can be completed in one year. These credits may not include any required graduate courses in students’ degree programs. Electives in students’ graduate degree program may count toward the certificate.
  • Since students in the program are considered non-degree seeking, financial aid is not available. 
  • Students are expected to observe School of Graduate Studies and University Graduate Rules, Regulations and Academic Policies. Students are expected to maintain Good Academic Standing, which is defined as a minimum institutional GPA of 3.0.

Program Requirements

Students will select five (5) courses from the list below. Each course is a 3.0 hour-credit. Each course will include material feeding into an e-portfolio.

ENGL 5015Writing Fiction3
ENGL 5025Writing Creative Nonfiction3
ENGL 5035Writing Poetry3
ENGL 5040Playwriting3
ENGL 5045Digital and Multimedia Writing3
ENGL 5910Professional Editing3
Total Credit Hours15