Certificate in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program now offers a year-long, intensive certificate program titled "The Prologue." As an introduction to the MFA, the Prologue is a 12-credit post-baccalaureate program that provides creative writers of all levels with two semesters of rigorous, graduate-level one-on-one mentorship to help them jump-start or finish a book-length project. Students receive individualized guidance from experienced faculty members and authors who provide in-depth feedback to help develop and edit works in progress.

The Prologue certificate program is perfect for writers interested in pursuing an MFA in creative writing but who want to gain a better understanding of the experience prior to enrolling. Students interested in pursuing the MFA will be able to transfer their 12 credits toward the Master of Fine Arts degree at Fairfield upon completing the certificate. MFA graduates who have already earned their master’s degree (at Fairfield or another institution) but who are working on a new project for which they are seeking feedback may apply to the Certificate as a post-MFA program.


ENGL 5991Independent Study: Fiction 112
or ENGL 5992 Independent Study: Non-Fiction
or ENGL 5993 Independent Study: Poetry
or ENGL 5994 Independent Study: Stage and Screen
Total Credits12