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Creative Writing Certificate - 29 credits

Why Choose a Creative Writing Certificate?

In Normandale’s AFA degree program in Creative Writing, you can refine your writing skills while writing fiction, poetry, screenplays, and memoir. Normandale’s AFA in Creative Writing was the first in Minnesota and is highly respected nationally, with most graduates transferring to creative writing programs at four-year institutions.

Skills Acquired

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In creative writing programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Film and television
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Poetry
  • Short stories

Careers in Creative Writing

Projected Job Growth

According to iseek.org, the growth rate for authors and writers in the state of Minnesota is 8.5%. There will be a need for about 1,090 new authors and writers to meet market demand between 2010 and 2020. This includes demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study Creative Writing typically pursue careers as:

  • College English Language Teachers
  • Editors
  • Writers and Authors

The following link provides additional occupations that professionals who have a background in Creative Writing can pursue (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

This link provides additional occupations that professionals who have a background in Creative Writing can pursue, and information on median salaries in those fields (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics)

 

Average State Pay

According to iseek.org, the median annual salary for authors and writers in the state of Minnesota is $48,922 ($23.52 per hour).

Description

This certificate program is a combination of liberal arts general education courses and creative writing courses.

Degrees & Certificates in Creative Writing

  • Associate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing Certificate

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This certificate program is designed for the student pursuing creative writing in addition to another program or as a supplement to current credentials.  It combines creative writing coursework in several genres with liberal arts general education courses.  

Required Courses - 29 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
ENGL 1150 Contemporary Literary Studies 3
ENGL 2151 American Literature 2 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
ENGL 1130 Literature of Diversity 3
ENGL 2130 African American Literature 3
ENGL 2133 Native American Literature 3

Complete five of the following courses

Code Title Credits
ENGW 1111 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENGW 2112 Poetry Writing 3
ENGW 2113 Fiction Writing 3
ENGW 2114 Play and Screen Writing 3
ENGW 2115 Memoir/Non-Fiction Writing 3
ENGW 2900 Topics in Creative Writing 3

Other Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.