The Creative Writing certificate from PennWest is the perfect complement to any undergraduate degree. It provides you with practical knowledge in a wide range of genres, from fiction and nonfiction to poetry, screenwriting, and writing for digital media, as well as business and technical writing.
You’ll learn under the guidance of distinguished professors who continually produce new work of their own. Along the way, you’ll develop a practical understanding of contemporary writing and an appreciation of the wider literary tradition.
As you compile a portfolio of original writing, you will practice the techniques common to all good writing, apply a variety of styles and approaches unique to individual genres, position your creative texts in a larger literary tradition, and deepen your experience of writing as an artistic discipline.
You’ll graduate well-prepared for graduate study or for professional employment in the fields of writing, editing, or publishing.
Take classes in person or online.
Learn from experts in their own genres who are committed to your success.
Contribute to one of PennWest’s award-winning student literary/art journals.
In addition to creative writers, there’s a need for writers in a variety of industries to effectively communicate information about products, services, and more. You may find employment in the fields of business, education, product development, and manufacturing—in fact, in most any industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for technical writers will grow faster than most occupations from now until 2032. The median annual wage for technical writers was $79,960 in 2022, while the median annual wage for writers and authors in general was $73,150.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.