We’re social beings. We tweet. We blog. We post status updates. Send emails that describe and shape descriptions of our day-to-day life for friends, family, and colleagues.
We turn in papers and lab reports that meet our professors’ expectations. Perhaps we keep a journal to reflect on the pleasures and ironies of daily experiences that take us by surprise.
But sometimes we put words on a page and we’re not sure what they are.
The Creative Writing Certificate is designed to give students a space where you can figure out what kind of writing you do. What shape it can take.
Let us help you to discover what your writing might become.
Open to all majors, the Creative Writing Certificate is designed to support young writers. Our distinctive mentorship program encourages conversations between faculty and students, between peer writers, as well as the many guest writers who visit UB each semester in our nationally regarded Exhibit X Fiction and Poetics Plus Series.
The Creative Writing Certificate program particularly invites students from outside the Humanities to take our courses. Whether you’re studying Architecture or Engineering, Business and Management, Arts or Dance, or programs in Applied, Computer, Cognitive, or Pharmaceutical Sciences, our faculty can find a way to work with you and your creative interests.
The Creative Writing Certificate is founded, above all, in a supportive community of writers who participate equally in the workshop experience. Faculty writers endeavor to see the promise in each student’s work. And we encourage our students to see the potential in the workshop space they develop together. Our shared task is to help you to discover the idiom of your art: to evolve your worlds as words.
In our courses, students will be encouraged to view writing as an experience—a process that may end in finished work, the beginning of a new project, or the exploration of related roles in careers as diverse as publishing, advertising, public relations, journalism, communications, web content management and social media platforms, information technology, law and jurisprudence, as well as television and media.
The Creative Writing Certificate invites you to view your writing as an exploratory process in its own right: a mode of inquiry that arises from the books we read, the lives we lead and imagine, the cultural landscapes we traverse and experience, as much as the problems we’d like to solve. In our classes, we present writing as a situation layered by critical examination, inventive thought, wild speculation, complex, often paradoxical feelings, multiple, entangled media platforms and social circuits, differing perceptions of time, and an ongoing translation of languages, as much as people and cultures.
In our workshops, students explore an array of questions that help corral and cultivate writing practices across genres and art forms:
Students involved in the Creative Writing Certificate edit and produce NAME, our annual Undergraduate Literary Magazine. NAME publishes creative fiction and poetry from currently enrolled UB undergraduates. Its primary mission is to encourage and foster a thriving and vital community of undergraduate creative writers at UB. NAME was co-founded in 1998 by Jessica Smith with Matt Chambers, Rebecca Stigge, and Chris Fritton. The faculty advisor is Professor Christina Milletti.
1. Three (3) required courses:
2. Three (3) electives from the following:
Students may request substituting one 300-level writing workshop with a similar writing workshop course in a different genre, such as English 393, “Literary Non-Fiction” or Theatre and Dance 485, “Play Writing.”
The certificate is awarded concurrently upon completion of all program requirements and completion of a Bachelor’s Degree at the University at Buffalo. It cannot be awarded as a stand alone certificate either before or after the student has earned a Bachelor's Degree.
Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship
One four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees, minus any other aid received, is available to an undergraduate Honors student in the creative or performing arts. To be considered, students must have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required. Contact the Honors College to request an application.
For the Honors College, link to the following:
To apply, contact the Director of the Creative Writing Program.
The MA Certificate in Innovative Writing presents a unique form of graduate study in creative writing, closely intertwining the practice of writing with literary and aesthetic inquiries.