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Certificate in Creative Writing

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This CPE Certificate in Creative Writing is a 60 contact hour programme designed to introduce participants to the formal study of creative writing.  It aims to familiarize students with the formal characteristics of the three literary genres: prose, poetry, and drama and to introduce them to a range of creative non-fiction genres. 

The programme is designed to encourage participants to self-reflexively assess their own writing by providing them with additional perspectives from which to view their writing.  Participants will be exposed to the society of other writers through workshop sessions where they will share their work with their peers and give and receive constructive criticism designed to aid their development as writers. 

Who is this programme for?

The certificate programme in Creative Writing targets persons / individuals who write creatively and want to pursue a structured course of study in the discipline to improve the quality of their writing with the aim of potentially publishing their work. It also targets both novice writers as well as more experienced writers who work in the literary fields, such as magazine contributors.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of two courses. These may be taken together for the completion of the Certificate or participants may be allowed to complete any course for the award of the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) associated with that course. 

When will the programme start?

Contact your nearest Open Campus Country Site on the start date for the programme.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to submit a sample of their creative writing. This may take the form of a short story, a collection of poems, a short skit, or reflective essay grounded in life experience such as a personal narrative. The writing sample should be between three to five pages (letter sized paper, double spaced type).  Samples will be evaluated and the successful applicants will be offered entry into the programme.  Kindly contact an Open Campus Site location nearest to you for information on the application process.  

Assessment Structure

Students will be assessed using continuous assessment and will be expected to produce a number of creative pieces representative of the genres studied at various intervals throughout each course. These pieces will be peer reviewed and students will revise their piece before final submission. At the end of each course, these assignments will be compiled into a portfolio for submission. In general, students’ work will be evaluated to determine how well they have used the writing techniques learned, the feedback received and the revision process to improve their writing skills. 

Course of Study
Creative Non-Fiction
Introduction to Creative Writing