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Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing

University of Denver

18 months
23808 USD/year
23808 USD/year
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Capture the attention of your audience with creative nonfiction writing that sparks interest and inspires action with the Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing program of the University of Denver.


From personal essay to memoir, literary journalism to travel writing, find your voice and tell your story. In the Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing program of the University of Denver you’ll progress toward mastering the fundamentals of narrative nonfiction that connects with an audience while discovering and cultivating behavior to sustain your creative efforts.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Identify and analyze key elements of creative nonfiction writing
  • Define your audiences and write in ways that move and entertain them
  • Assess your own writing and learn how to enhance its strengths and eliminate its weaknesses

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing

Nonfiction writing is on the rise and consumers are even willing to spend more on nonfiction titles, according to a Smashwords survey. According to Publishers Weekly, adult nonfiction had the largest gains in sales compared to other genres.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for writers and authors is projected to grow 8% through 2026. Writers and authors who adjust their work for online content and social media may have an advantage.

Job Titles

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Critic
  • Literary Journalist
  • Historical Writer
  • Teacher
  • Blogger
  • Copywriter

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Masterworks: Creative Nonfiction
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
  • Writing the Personal Essay
  • Writing the Memoir
  • The Writing Life: Concepts, Practices, and Professionalism
  • Literary Genres for Writers

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Earned a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in previous undergraduate work or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree.
  • English Proficiency.
  • No GRE or GMAT Scores.
  • Application Form.
  • The $75 application fee is currently being waived for all applicants.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • Photocopy of Current Passport.
  • A personal statement (two-pages double-spaced, 450-500 words) is required and should be submitted via the application status page.
  • Résumé.
  • Please submit an official copy of your final diploma or final degree certificate along with all appropriate official translations.
  • Financial Verification Form.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23808 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35712 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    23808 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35712 USD for the full programme during 18 months.


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