Writing Certificate

Whether you’re looking to improve your professional writing skills or want to delve into the craft of fiction or nonfiction, this twenty-one-credit writing certificate might be ideal for you. Offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s English department, this program offers a variety of courses from contemporary fiction and autobiography to science writing and electronic media. Hone your writing skills while customizing the program to fit your literary and professional interests.

This flexible certificate program can be a stand-alone professional development opportunity or completed in preparation for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a writing-related field.

CGS Difference

CGS offers a small college atmosphere with all the benefits of a large research institution. 

Program Expectations

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Apply writing skills to fiction and nonfiction
  • Understand different writing forms and techniques

Credit Requirements

The writing certificate requires twenty-one credits (seven courses), including two core English writing courses and fifteen elective credits. Five of the courses (or fifteen credits) must be completed at Pitt. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.

Required courses (6 credits):

Catalog Number Title Credits
ENGWRT 0520 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
ENGWRT 0610 Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction 3

Electives (15 credits):

Courses offered vary by term. Choose five additional courses from any combinations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. A sampling of courses that can be used to fulfill the certificate requirements include:

  Catalog Number Title Credits
Poetry ENGWRT 0530 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
  ENGWRT 1210 Poetry Workshop 3
Fiction ENGWRT 1010 Intermediate Fiction 3
  ENGWRT 1090 Mastering Point of View 3
  ENGWRT 1091 Autobiography and Creative Impulse 3
  ENGWRT 1092 Writer’s Journals 3
  ENGWRT 1094 Readings in Contemporary Fiction 3
  ENGWRT 1095 Topics in Fiction 3
  ENGWRT 1710 Senior Seminar in Fiction 3
Nonfiction ENGCMP 1103 Public Relations Writing 3
  ENGCMP 1104 Corporate Storytelling 3
  ENGWRT 1330 Intermediate Nonfiction: Scene and Point-of-View 3
  ENGWRT 1340 Advanced Nonfiction: Long-Form Narrative 3
  ENGWRT 1377 Media Literacy: Writing and Reading Your Way Through the Digital Landscape 3
  ENGWRT 1390 Readings in Contemporary Non-fiction 3
  ENGWRT 1391 Writing the Review 3
  ENGWRT 1393 Sports Writing 3
  ENGWRT 1394 Science Writing 3
  ENGWRT 1399 Topics in Nonfiction: Newspaper 3
  ENGWRT 1403 Topics in Nonfiction: Electronic Media 3
  ENGWRT 1900 Internship: Writing 3

Please Note: Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.