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Professional Fiction Writing

University of Denver

18 months
23808 USD/year
23808 USD/year
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Broaden your imagination and share your story through the written word. From short stories to novels, examine the art of writing fiction and develop an authentic voice and style with the Professional Fiction Writing program of the University of Denver.


In the Professional Fiction Writing program of the University of Denver you’ll learn to create a personal presence in the creative marketplace while honing your fiction writing expertise. Develop a deeper understanding of genres and influential masterworks as you strive to become a published author.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Identify and analyze key elements of strong fiction
  • Produce fiction writing that connects with the audience for your work
  • Apply professional editing standards to evaluate both published writing and writing for your peers

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Professional Fiction Writing

According to Publishing Perspectives, 81% of Americans want to write a book, but how many actually possess the skills and determination to achieve the dream?

According to the Association of American Publishers, the U.S. book and journal publishing industry generated $28 billion dollars in revenue last year, massive growth primarily due to the increasing popularity of audiobooks.

The International Trade Administration Top Market Reports found that the U.S. publishing industry is the largest in the world. PwC forecasts that total book revenue will reach $121.1 billion by 2021.

Job Titles

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Teacher
  • Blogger
  • Writing Coach

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Masterworks: Fiction
  • Writing Fiction: Foundational Concepts, Skills, and Practice
  • Writing the Short Story
  • Writing the Novella
  • 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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