The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program is proud to announce its newly revamped certificate programs in creative writing!

With only 24 required units — a significant reduction from the previous 36 required units — students can now complete their certificates in Fiction Writing or Creative Nonfiction Writing more quickly and with less strain on their budget. And as always, the 8 courses required to complete either certificate program can be taken onsite, online, or via a combination of both.

The certificate programs in Fiction Writing or Creative Nonfiction Writing are perfect for students who have a specific goal in mind and who prefer a structured course of study to help them reach that goal. Students enrolled in these certificate programs are not only motivated by fellow classmates who are as passionate about writing as they are, but also by Writers’ Program’s inspiring instructors.

Our prestigious roster of more than 125 instructors are all published writers and active professionals, and have the experience and skill to provide students with the necessary tools and knowledge to help them achieve their writing goals. They challenge students with exciting readings and assignments, and give them guidance through various work-shopping methods. By the end of their certificate programs, students will have built a solid portfolio of short stories or personal essays, or have a complete or near-complete first draft of a novel or memoir.

The revised certificates offer most of the benefits of the previous certificate programs, and some new ones as well!

  • Goal-Setting Consultation – New!

Students receive a 30-minute, one-on-one goal-setting consultation with a Writers’ Program advisor, to help them chart out a certificate program curriculum based on their current level of experience, interests, and writing goals.

  • Advanced Notice of Upcoming Courses

Each quarter, certificate students receive advanced notice of upcoming courses and are eligible to enroll before the general public.

  • Gold Seal Certificate

Once program requirements are successfully met, candidates are awarded a certificate bearing the gold seal of UCLA.

  • Preferential Placement on Wait Lists

Certificate students receive wait list priority.

  • Free Manuscript Consultation

Candidates who have completed their course work are entitled to work one-on-one with a Writers’ Program instructor on a final project. The complimentary consultation (a value of up to $1,000) includes one reading of the first 100 pages of their manuscript by an instructor, 2-4 pages of notes, and a conference (either by phone or online). This offer is valid for up to 6 months after the certificate completion date.

  • Certificate Facebook Group – New!

Certificate program students can interact, network, and share writing tips with fellow certificate students through an exclusive “UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Certificate Students” Facebook Group.

  • Graduation

Each year’s certificate program graduates are honored at a UCLA Extension-wide ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

  • Access to UCLA Extension’s CareerSpot

Certificate students and graduates can access hundreds of current jobs through CareerSpot (for a nominal fee). They may upload their resumé and cover letters, organize and track their job search, and set up job search alerts tailored to their needs.

  • Bruin Card Eligibility

Certificate students also qualify for a Bruin Card, which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village.

  • Campus Privileges

Certificate students have recreation privileges on the UCLA Campus as well as access to campus libraries.

Students who are currently enrolled in one of the 36-unit creative writing certificate programs have the option of remaining in the 36-unit program, or transferring into the 24-unit program.

Student advisers are on hand to provide guidance for all current or new certificate program students.

For more information, contact:

Phoebe Lim

Program Assistant, Creative Writing (Online) (310) 825-0107

Sarah Lim

Program Assistant, Creative Writing (Onsite)

(310) 825-9416

Nutschell Windsor is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (online) and Events. Contact her at (310) 794-1846 or

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