Ready to finish your story? The Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing is a low-residency program designed for students who have already completed an MFA in creative writing and wish to revise, reconceive or complete a creative manuscript.
The program has tracks in fiction and nonfiction. You’ll also have the option of choosing one of two supplementary tracks:
If you haven’t earned your MFA, and would like to enroll in one of our online or campus programs, check out our graduate writing options:
Mountainview’s Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing will give you the tools and resources you need to draft, edit or revise your manuscript.
To qualify for this program, all applicants must first successfully complete one of the following:
SNHU requires an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our two 22-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within 2 weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply begin by completing our online application form.
Submit documents to:
Mountainview MFA Admission
School of Arts and Sciences
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road Manchester, NH 03106
You may also submit documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to COVID-19, please email application materials instead of using our physical mailing address. If you have any questions, please contact our administrative director.
Students may transfer credits from a previously completed creative writing MFA program as appropriate. But transfer credits may not be applied to Creative Manuscript I or Creative Manuscript II, as the main focus of the advanced certificate program is advanced-level work on a creative manuscript that builds on the work already completed on a creative manuscript in an MFA program.
The Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing offers a supportive community of experts and peers who can help you craft your story. Our full-time faculty members have won numerous awards – including two Whiting Awards – published bestsellers, had their work featured in Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and received international acclaim in every literary category from young adult to lyric essay to crime. Their work appears in such forums as The New York Times Magazine and Best American Short Stories. In our mentorship-based teaching model, faculty work one-on-one with students, helping each student find a literary voice, master craft and produce a manuscript worthy of publication.
The program takes one year to complete. Students attend two residencies (one in June, one in January) and enroll in two semesters, each approximately 5-months long, with the outcome of revising, reconceiving or completing a creative manuscript of the highest possible literary merit, ideally ready to be represented by an agent for publication.
Students then choose a specialty track course, which will aim to achieve one of two outcomes:
Total Credits: 33
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation.
Residency I Fee
Residency II Fee
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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