Certificate in Writing and Publishing

About the program

The certificate in writing and publishing (CWP) offers the opportunity for both professional and personal development through a combination of available courses in professional writing, creative writing and publishing. The certificate enhances employment opportunities, opening a broad range of professional choices in cooperative employment and in the post-degree job market as skills are acquired. The CWP improves on-the-job performance, as the student develops writing skills and associated professional knowledge.

The program develops core competencies through the synergy of writing and publishing courses. The courses develop the student's skills in writing and publishing both through theory and practical application.
The program has three tracks, each of which leads to a certificate:

  • The certificate in professional writing and publishing
  • The certificate in creative writing and publishing
  • The comprehensive certificate in writing and publishing

Working with an advisor, students will choose not only the track but the courses within the track to develop an individually tailored program. Students can choose courses that will meet the general requirements of the program, while also satisfying their own professional and personal requirements.

Those students who have successfully completed this program will receive a certificate in writing and publishing. The transcript will indicate the completion of the CWP. This certification will indicate proficiency in written communication and familiarity with techniques in publishing in a variety of venues. The certificate program in writing and publishing highlights the student's acquisition of skills more than they would be in a list of courses on a transcript.

The completion of the certificate demonstrates the student's commitment to writing and publishing skills. It highlights writing skills of students majoring in business and technical areas; similarly, for students in the humanities and social sciences, it certifies writing and publishing skills, either in creative writing or professional writing.

General requirements

The certificate in writing and publishing allows students to achieve certification in one or more of the following tracks:

  • professional writing and publishingc
  • creative writing and publishing
  • comprehensive writing and publishing

Each track requires the completion of a minimum of six courses (18.0 credits). Tracks can be designed to meet the professional needs and personal interests of the individual student. Students meet with one of the two program co-directors to determine their track:

Harriet Levin Millan
Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing
harriet.levin.millan@drexel.edu

Henry Israeli
Associate Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing
hpi22@drexel.edu

Track Requirements

The professional writing and publishing track offers three options: business communication and publishing; technical communication and publishing; and journalism. This track is useful for business majors or students in technical or science areas who want to highlight their acquisition of writing skills. For students majoring in the humanities it provides an opportunity to develop areas of writing and publishing competencies in the professional arena. The creative writing and publishing track, is useful to all students as it encourages personal and professional development through creative writing and a knowledge of publishing. The comprehensive track is for students who do not wish to specialize in either of the other two tracks.

Note: Many majors already require one or more of the courses leading to the certificate in writing and publishing or list these courses as recommended electives

Professional Writing and Publishing Track

18.0 quarter credits

The professional writing and publishing track is useful for business majors or students in technical or science areas who want to highlight their acquisition of writing skills. For students majoring in the humanities it provides an opportunity to develop areas of writing and publishing competencies in the professional arena.

This track offers three focus options:

  • business communication and publishing: for students interested in a career in business.
  • technical communication and publishing: for students interested in engineering, science, information science and technology and careers in higher education.
  • journalism: for students interested in global journalism and international affairs.

 

Business Communication and Publishing

Required Courses
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COM 350 [WI] Message Design and Evaluation3.0
or COM 375 Grant Writing
Select one of the following:3.0
Science Writing
Technical Editing
Special Topics in Communication Theory
Select one of the following:3.0
Writing in Cyberspace
Literary Editing & Publication
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Select two of the following:6.0
Fundamentals of Journalism
On-line Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Special Topics in Writing
Writing About the Media
Total Credits18.0

Technical Communication and Publishing

Required Courses
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 375 [WI] Grant Writing3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Science Writing
Message Design and Evaluation
Special Topics in Communication Theory
Technical Editing
Select one of the following:3.0
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing in Cyberspace
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Select any two additional Certificate in Writing and Publishing courses, including but not limited to the following:6.0
Fundamentals of Journalism
On-line Journalism
Global Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Special Topics in Writing
Writing About the Media
Total Credits18.0

Journalism

Required Courses
COM 260 [WI] Fundamentals of Journalism3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
On-line Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Select one of the following:3.0
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing in Cyberspace
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Select any two additional Certificate in Writing and Publisning courses, including but not limited to the following:6.0
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
Technical Editing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Special Topics in Writing
Writing About the Media
Total Credits18.0

Creative Writing and Publishing track

18.0 quarter credits

This track is designed for students who want to develop their creative writing skills either for personal development and expression, or because they recognize that creative writing develops imagination; sharpens clarity of expression; and enhances sensitivity to other people. Creative writing is a good pre-professional concentration for pre-law, pre-med, and the social sciences. The importance of creative writing has been recognized for engineering and for business.

Select three of the following (one of which must be a 200-level course):9.0
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Special Topics in Writing
Writing About the Media
Select one of the following:3.0
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing in Cyberspace
Internship in Literary Publishing *
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Message Design and Evaluation
Select any two additional Certificate in Writing and Publishing courses, including but not limited to the following:6.0
Fundamentals of Journalism
On-line Journalism
Global Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Message Design and Evaluation
Technical Editing
Grant Writing
Total Credits18.0

*

WRIT 405 must be taken twice if no other publishing course is taken.

Comprehensive Certificate track

18.0 quarter credits

The Comprehensive Track is designed for students whose majors and minors include writing courses (either as electives or required courses) and whose schedules allow for the additional credits to obtain certification.

Select two of the following:6.0
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing in Cyberspace
Internship in Literary Publishing *
Electronic Publishing
Desktop Publishing
Select two of the following: **12.0
Creative Writing
Track A
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Any 300-level writing (WRIT) course
Track B
Creative Writing
Any 300-level writing (WRIT) course
Professional Writing
Track A
Technical Communication
Technical Editing
Grant Writing
Track B
Business Communication
Grant Writing
Message Design and Evaluation
Journalism
Fundamentals of Journalism
Select one of the following:
On-line Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Global Journalism
Total Credits18.0

*

WRIT 405 Must be taken twice.

**

Students select two of the following course sequences from at least two different categories



 

Courses

WRIT 210 [WI] The Peer Reader in Context 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on reading and writing practices. Students engage in autobiographical explorations and examine writing center theory and practice. After successful completion, students may apply to become a Drexel Writing Center Peer Reader.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (ENGL 101 [Min Grade: C] and ENGL 102 [Min Grade: C])

WRIT 220 [WI] Creative Nonfiction Writing 3.0 Credits

A writing workshop in which in which students will read and write nonfiction; emphasis is placed on experimenting with different forms as the personal essay, literary journalism, nature writing, science writing and editing and preparing manuscripts for publication. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing 3.0 Credits

A workshop course in composing imaginative forms of personal expression, including poems, short stories, plays, and personal essays. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 301 [WI] Writing Poetry 3.0 Credits

A writing workshop in which students will read and write poetry; emphasis is placed on experimenting with different forms of poetry, editing, and manuscript preparations for publication. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 302 Writing Fiction 3.0 Credits

A creative writing workshop course focusing on fiction. Students read and write short stories. Students develop skills by creating complete fictional works and critiquing the work of other students. Emphasis placed on narrative structure, prose style, pacing, voice and tone, appropriate material, character, plot, description, dialogue, and editing.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 303 Writing Humor and Comedy 3.0 Credits

A creative writing course focusing on humor and comedy. Students read and write satire, essays, social commentary and special forms. Students develop skills by creating complete works and critiquing the work of other students. Emphasis is placed on writing for specific audiences, narrative structure, prose style and editing.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 304 [WI] Special Topics in Writing 3.0 Credits

A variable topics course in writing in which students will read and write in different genres, according to the specific topic (i.e., Writing Fiction; Joking, Comedy and Laughter: Memoir and Autobiography: Nature Writing); emphasis is places on editing and manuscript preparation for publication. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 306 Writing About the Media 4.0 Credits

This course teaches students how to write about media events and artifacts (books, movies, theatre, music, etc.), both as individual works and in a larger cultural context. It also teaches them about the kinds of media outlets which publish reviews and the style of writing these outlets favor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (ENGL 101 [Min Grade: D] and ENGL 102 [Min Grade: D] and ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D]) or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D]

WRIT 310 Literary Editing & Publication 3.0 Credits

A course focusing on the techniques of editing, copyediting, proofreading, graphic selection and placement, the development of qualitative standards in manuscript selection for literary texts as well as connecting useful editorial/publication practice and social concerns in the fields of literary production.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 312 The Practice of Professional Writing 3.0 Credits

This seminar acquaints students with the broad spectrum of work in professional writing, including reading and discussion of assigned research on various aspects of writing, and panel discussions with guest speakers, experienced professional writers and managers who work writers. Students research a writing-related field or topic.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

WRIT 400 [WI] Writing in Cyberspace 4.0 Credits

Students explore the world of cyberspace, learning about cyberpunk, hyperfiction and the literary theory related to them, operating in a MOO, and developing a website for a specific audience. Students consider these online environments critically and reflect on their significance. No previous computer experience required.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

WRIT 405 Internship in Literary Publishing 2.0 Credits

Internship in Literary Publishing offers students practical experience in journal publication. One such example is Painted Bride Quarterly, which is produced both electronically and in print.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

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