The UCLA Extension Writers' Program Certificate in Creative Nonfiction Writing is a structured course of study which provides motivated writers with the tools and knowledge they need to build a solid portfolio of work and complete at least 250 pages of personal essays or memoirs. Taught by a prestigious roster of instructors who are published writers and active professionals, the eight courses required to complete the certificate program can be taken onsite, online, or a combination of both.
Students must complete a total of 24 units from the Creative Writing section of the Writers' Program’s offerings and earn a 2.0 or better in each course in order to fulfill requirements. The pass/no pass option is not allowed. Courses may be taken in the classroom or online.
Students build their own curriculum by taking:
· 6 units of Creative Nonfiction Level I (Beginning)
· 9 units of Creative Nonfiction Level II (Intermediate)
· 3 units of Creative Nonfiction Level III (Advanced)
· 6 units of Elective courses
Students are required to take 6 additional units, choosing from more than 60 courses in either Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting, or Writing for the Youth Market. Contact a Writers' Program advisor for suggested electives.
· Receive a 30 minute, one-on-one goal-setting consultation with a Writers' Program advisor, who charts out certificate program curriculum based on student’s current level of experience, interests, and writing goals
· Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers' Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
· Receive preferential placement on wait lists
· Within six months of the completion of certificate program coursework, receive a complimentary one-on-one consultation on 100 manuscript pages by a Writers' Program instructor
· Interact, network, and share writing tips with fellow certificate program students through the Writers' Program Certificate Students closed group Facebook page
· Participate in a UCLA Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA's historic Royce Hall and receive a certificate bearing the UCLA gold seal
· Gain free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
· Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
· Enjoy recreation privileges* on the UCLA campus
*Nominal fee required
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Application & Candidacy Fee: $250.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $5,400.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $100.00
Estimated Total Cost: $5,750.00**
*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.
**Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking or copying fees. In some cases, a book may be required.
Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 8 quarters
Internships Available: No
All courses available in online format: Yes