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Writing Certificate


Have you always wanted to write a novel? The Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing is designed to help you fulfill that dream.

This six-course series will show you the path from first glimmer to full manuscript. The program is designed for long works of fiction. The first course will help you solidify your idea for a novel, figure out your creative process, and develop a consistent writing habit. Then you’ll move through four sequential workshops to get you to the end of your novel, as well as an elective to broaden your craft. Once you finish your sixth course, you will have the option of signing up for a one-on-one tutorial, launching your revision under the guidance of an accomplished fiction writer. Our instructors are all accomplished authors, mostly drawn from Stanford’s prestigious Stegner Fellows.

Because the Certificate Program relies on a dedicated, dynamic cohort, admission is by application only. By studying and writing with a consistent group of students who have similar commitment to their work, you will achieve a sense of connection to your peers and to their projects. You will be involved in the creation and construction of many narratives—most notably your own.
Best of all, this two-year program retains the flexibility of our regular online writing courses. You can access your courses from home or on your travels, at times of the day that suit your schedule. As you work on your novel, your work will be read, critiqued, and supported by a group of passionate instructors and peers, who will push you to the finish line.

Have questions? Watch the video of our online information session held on April 25.


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