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Creative Writing Certificate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the professional benefits of a Certificate in Creative Writing?

Our certificate may be used as an additional credential for teachers and other professionals who would like to incorporate Creative Writing into their work. In addition, if you already have a college degree, and would like to apply to a Masters program in writing, our certificate program can help you develop your portfolio for application.

I am not a Community College of Philadelphia student. Can I enroll in the program?

Absolutely. If you have a degree from another institution and have already taken program courses, they may be able to transfer. Contact our Admissions office at (215) 751-8010 , or visit the Welcome Center in P1-05 for further information. If you are a High School graduate or have earned your GED, you will need to take the placement test before you enroll in the program.

I’d like to take some creative writing courses but I'm not interested in the full certificate. Is this possible?

You may take any single course for credit or audit it without credit. However, since English 205 is required to take courses in Poetry, Fiction and Scriptwriting, and program enrollment is required in order to take Portfolio Development, you may want to consider entering the program to take full advantage of its resources.

I'm interested in this program but am already enrolled in another curriculum at the College. Can I do both?

This program was designed with students like you in mind. The courses in the program can be used as Humanities and General electives toward degrees in other areas.

How will your program help me to publish my work?

Our Creative Writing faculty has published widely, and the program’s final course, “Portfolio Development” includes visits by editors, literary agents, and other industry professionals, and will help students prepare a body of work for publication.

I’m interested! What’s the next step?

Contact Program Director, Jeffrey Markovitz at, or call him at (215) 751-8954. He will answer any additional questions and would be happy to meet with you help you select your initial courses. Then, to officially register for the Certificate Program, go to the Counseling Center, in room W2-2.