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Two new certificates offered in creative writing

Students, whether enrolled in the MFA program or not, can pursue certificates in independent publishing or Latin American/LatinX creative studies

August 2, 2021

A collection of journal entries or letters, as depicted, could be the basis of a memoir.
A collection of journal entries or letters, as depicted, could be the basis of a memoir.

Starting this fall, the MFA in creative writing program will officially start offering two new certificates that both graduate students and outside enrollees can pursue. The reason behind the term “officially” is that some of the courses have already been offered as options for the graduate program; any student who has already taken them can have them applied to the certificate.

One certificate is in Latin American/LatinX Creative Studies, run by Juana Moriel-Payne, PhD, and the other certificate is in independent publishing, directed by Thomas Cook. PhD. Both certificates require 15 units of study. Students not seeking a degree will be in the same class settings as those in the degree program. 

The two faculty members overseeing the creative writing certificates: Thomas Cook has put together a series of courses on independent publishing, while Juana Moriel-Payne's Latin American/LatinX creative studies is certain to be popular for our student demographic.
The two faculty members overseeing the creative writing certificates: Thomas Cook has put together a series of courses on independent publishing, while Juana Moriel-Payne's Latin American/LatinX creative studies is certain to be popular for our student demographic.

“These classes are going to be also very diverse in terms of materials because I'm integrating painting, photography and songs with the poetry and literary writing,” says Moriel-Payne. “The history of Latin America is so complex that you need an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach in order to truly understand it.”

The five-course program in independent publishing covers the industry from different perspectives, including an editor, a writer, a publisher and an agent, with a focus on literary publishing.

The certificate can be an “incredibly useful counterpoint to one’s own writing and writing life,” says Cook, “but also their potential careers outside of their own writing and publishing. The certificate will help those trying to figure out how to get their work published, but it can also guide those whose career goal is to assist others in getting published.”

 Check the website for more details on admissions requirements and certificate program details.