All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must maintain a B average to remain in the program. All Stanford Continuing Studies Writing Certificate students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct that applies to all Stanford Continuing Studies students. Failure to adhere to program policies may result in removal from the Writing Certificate.
Admission to the Writing Certificates is provisional. The first course will be used to assess whether or not the program is a good fit and whether a student will be cleared to continue in the program.
Participation ExpectationsSince discussions and workshops are central elements to all courses in the Writing Certificates, online participation is expected on a weekly basis. Students may log in and complete assignments anytime during the day and with considerable flexibility during the week. Students will be able to see an instructor’s Zoom session schedule in advance of registration and can choose one that works best for them, but there is also some flexibility—no one is expected to be at 100% of Zoom sessions. They are all recorded for later viewing.
An on-going lack of participation in the weekly discussion boards and submission of assignments could result in removal from the program and forfeiture of fees and tuition.
Course SequenceStudents are expected to take all five Writing Certificate core courses in sequence, without breaks, beginning in the term in which they are admitted. With the exception of the Summer recess, the courses must be taken consecutively until students complete Novel IV or Memoir IV.
The elective may be taken anytime: concurrent with an Writing Certificate course, during the Summer quarter, or within a year of finishing Novel IV or Memoir IV. The electives are selected from the open-enrollment Continuing Studies courses, and students will be notified each quarter which upcoming courses will meet the elective requirement.
The optional One-on-One Tutorial must also be done within a year after Novel IV or Memoir IV.