Do you have a novel you’ve been working on for years? How about a script you’ve been dying to write? More often than not our creative projects get set aside because we simply can’t find the time to work on them.

A certificate program is the perfect way to give your writing the time it deserves. A certificate program’s structured course of study provides you with a blueprint to follow in order to achieve the writing goals you’ve set for yourself. Whether it’s finishing that manuscript you started when you were in high school, or finally sitting down to write the TV pilot you’ve been thinking about forever, it’s easier to stay on track when you have weekly writing assignments with deadlines, supportive classmates, and a dedicated instructor to help you hone your craft and give you valuable feedback on your work.

Depending upon which of the five programs you choose, the requirements vary from 18-48 units. After completing the requirements, you will have a solid portfolio of writing and the tools and knowledge you need to finish and polish your work and get it out into the world.

While the Certificate program is not the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master in Fine Arts, it does offer you many benefits for personal and professional growth. The gold seal certificate you’ll receive at the conclusion of your program will motivate you to stay on track with your writing goals. And if you’re applying for an MFA Program or a job, having that certificate on your resume shows your potential school or employer that you are committed to your writing goals, and that you have had formal training in this field.

Additional benefits of certificate programs:

  • A one-on-one goal-setting consultation with a Writers’ Program advisor
  • Advanced noticed of upcoming courses
  • Preferential placement on wait lists
  • Bruincard Eligibility with access to various UCLA student discounts and other campus privileges
  • Access to UCLA Extension’s CareerSpot, where you can upload your resume and set up a job search
  • Participation in the Graduation ceremony at UCLA Extension
  • Automatic alumni status, which allows you to get discounts on future UCLA Extension courses

Most valuable of all is the free manuscript or script consultation offered once you’ve completed your course work. Valued at up to $1000, the one-on-one consultation with a Writers’ Program instructor on a final project includes one reading of the first 100 pages of your manuscript or pilot or spec script, 2-4 pages of notes, and a phone or online conference with the instructor.

The following certificates are available at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program:

  • Certificate in Fiction (CF 668)
  • Certificate in Creative Nonfiction (CF 669)
  • Certificate in Feature Film Writing (CF 503)
  • Certificate in Television Writing (CF 504)
  • Certificate in Film and TV Comprehensive (CF 007) (qualifies for 1-20/F-1 Visa Status)

Interested? I’m sure you are! Learn more about certificate programs now.

Call a Writers’ Program advisor at (310) 825-9415, or email us at

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

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