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Creative Writing Certificate

The Creative Writing Certificate is a program concentration that seeks to expose learners to a variety of creative writing genres. Four tracks are offered in the program: Poetry Writing, Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction Writing, and Screenwriting. Introduction to Creative Writing is required, followed by one genre writing course, one literature/theater course in the chosen track, one program elective, and one capstone course (Writing for Publication or Literary Journal). 14-15 credits 

The certificate is designed for those wishing to develop and/or enhance their creative writing skills, and those interested in publishing creative writing pieces. It will also serve those interested in transferring to baccalaureate institutions with undergraduate major and/or minor programs in Creative Writing. The program aligns with courses in the 2/2 articulation in Creative Writing with Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University. Beyond creative writers, the certificate provides an extra credential for those in the business, law, nursing, marketing, and other writing-intensive careers. It also seeks to help students learn how to "tell the story" for a company or professional growth.

While the first course in the sequence, Introduction to Creative Writing, does not have a prerequisite, the genre writing courses require a Reading Placement Test Score of Category 1.

Please also note that only students seeking an AA along with the Creative Writing Certificate will qualify for financial aid. Students are encouraged to talk with Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

Courses in the Creative Writing Certificate incorporate employability skills, which include the following objectives:

learn to value and express multiple perspectives and viewpoints;

develop writing skills for self and global understanding;

use language creatively;

demonstrate an understanding of intention and audience;

work collaboratively with others in group settings to improve content;

create publishable texts through the process of invention, creation, and revision;

apply terminology, practices, and theoretical methods associated with creative writing;

analyze the writing market and select publishing options for texts;

use communication skills developed in the program to participate in live events.

College of DuPage is the first community college in Illinois to offer a certificate in creative writing. COD's Creative Writing Certificate includes instruction from award-winning professionals in the various writing fields and one-on-one advising from certificate faculty. Courses are offered in multi-modalities, including hybrid, online, and face-to-face sessions. An onboarding meeting will provide training for novice online learners and others wishing to learn more about the structure of the program. A summative evaluative assessment with the certificate advisor ensures students exit with their best work.

If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Liberal Arts Division, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2047.

Sample Semester Plans

One Semester = 14-15 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • Engli 2251

Literature or Theater (3 credits)

  • Engli 1150
  • Engli 1153
  • Engli 1156
  • Engli 1161
  • Engli 2220
  • Engli 2221
  • Engli 2223
  • Engli 2224
  • Engli 2226
  • Theat 1105
  • Theat 1111
  • Theat 2211

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 1157
  • Engli 1165
  • Engli 2210
  • Engli 2228
  • Engli 2252
  • Engli 2253
  • Engli 2261
  • MPTV 2022
  • MPTV 2032
  • Theat 1100

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

9 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • English 2251

Literature or Theater (3 credits)

  • Engli 1150
  • Engli 1153
  • Engli 1156
  • Engli 1161
  • Engli 2220
  • Engli 2221
  • Engli 2223
  • Engli 2224
  • Engli 2226
  • Theat 1105
  • Theat 1111
  • Theat 2211

5-6 credits

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 1157
  • Engli 1165
  • Engli 2210
  • Engli 2228
  • Engli 2252
  • Engli 2253
  • Engli 2261
  • MPTV 2022
  • MPTV 2032
  • Theat 1100

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

14-15 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250 (3)

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • English 2252

Literature (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 2220
  • Engli 2221
  • Engli 2223
  • Engli 2224
  • Engli 2226
  • Engli 2228

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1157
  • Engli 1165
  • Engli 2210
  • Engli 2253
  • Engli 2261
  • MPTV 2022
  • MPTV 2032
  • Theat 1100

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

9 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • English 2252

Literature (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 2220
  • Engli 2221
  • Engli 2223
  • Engli 2224
  • Engli 2226
  • Engli 2228

5-6 credits

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1157
  • Engli 1165
  • Engli 2210
  • Engli 2253
  • Engli 2261
  • MPTV 2022
  • MPTV 2032
  • Theat 1100

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

One Semester = 14-15 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • English 2253

Literature (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1161
  • Engli 1165
  • Engli 2220
  • Engli 2221
  • Engli 2223
  • Engli 2224

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 2210
  • Engli 2228
  • Engli 2252
  • Engli 2251
  • Engli 2261
  • MPTV 2022
  • MPTV 2032

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

9 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • English 2253

Literature (3 credits)

  • Engli 1130
  • Engli 1161
  • Engli 1165
  • Engli 2220
  • Engli 2221
  • Engli 2223
  • Engli 2224

 

5-6 credits

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 2210
  • Engli 2228
  • Engli 2252
  • Engli 2251
  • Engli 2261
  • MPTV 2022
  • MPTV 2032

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

One Semester = 14-15 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • MPTV 2022 OR
  • MPTV 2032

Literature or Theater (3 credits)

  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1154
  • Engli 2228
  • Theat 1100
  • Theat 1111

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 1153
  • Engli 2228
  • Engli 2252
  • Engli 2251
  • Engli 2261
  • Theat 1105
  • Theat 2211

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)

9 credits

Required (3 credits)

  • Engli 2250

Genre Writing Course (3 credits)

  • MPTV 2022 OR
  • MPTV2032

 Literature or Theater (3 credits)

  • Engli 1135
  • Engli 1145
  • Engli 1154
  • Engli 2228
  • Theat 1100
  • Theat 1111

5-6 credits

Program Elective (3 credits)

  • Engli 1152
  • Engli 1153
  • Engli 2228
  • Engli 2252
  • Engli 2251
  • Engli 2261
  • Theat 1105
  • Theat 2211

Capstone (2-3 credits)

  • Engli 2210 (2) Or
  • Engli 2261 (3)



English Department Chairs

Jill Salas
Chair of Developmental English

Tim Henningsen
Chair of Composition

Jason Snart
Chair of Literature, Creative Writing and Film