With UC Berkeley Extension, you can add polish to your work no matter what kind of writing you do. Take courses on writing everything from poetry, short stories, memoirs and novels to breaking news, feature stories, press releases and technical documents. Learn how to break into publishing, or strengthen your skills in editing and grammar. Instructors who are published writers ensure you're learning from the very best. If you're ready to make a greater commitment to your craft, our specialized programs of study and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing are the ideal way to formalize your training. Courses are held in Berkeley, San Francisco, Belmont and online.

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Professional certificates and specialized programs of study

Professional certificates are the highest level of academic achievement from UC Berkeley Extension. Specialized programs of study provide focused subject concentrations to develop skills within specific disciplines. Learn more.

Which Program is Best for You?

With UC Berkeley Extension, you can add polish to your work no matter what kind of writing you do. Experiment with short stories, novels, poetry and creative nonfiction in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing; explore writing as a career in the Specialized Program in Professional Writing; or refine and strengthen your editing and grammar skills in the professional sequences in Editing or Technical Communication.

Featured Courses

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Weekend Writing Workout

In this four-day intensive, you draft a complete story or memoir piece under the leadership of veteran instructors Lindsey Crittenden and Laurie Ann Doyle. Receive inspiration and motivation, writing time, constructive workshops and advice from other premier Bay Area authors. You also have a chance to interact in a supportive community of fellow writers. The course is limited to 24 participants. While the course counts as an elective in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing, it is open to all interested writers; enrollment in the certificate is not required.

June 25–29
San Francisco: Art and Design Center
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Lindsey Crittenden is the author of The View From Below: Stories (First Edition, 1999) and The Water Will Hold You (Harmony, 2007), a memoir. She has also published articles and personal essays in The New York Times, Real Simple, Image and Best American Spiritual Writing.
Laurie Ann Doyle is the winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award and recipient of 2012 Pushcart and Best New American Voices 2008 nominations. Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared in more than a dozen literary publications.

Guest Authors

  • Daniel Coshnear, M.F.A.
  • Kathryn Ma
  • Nina Schuyler
  • Monica Wesolowska

Upcoming Events

17th-Annual Student Reading Series

student reading

Come hear students in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing share their works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction at our annual student reading series. These readings are free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 10, beginning at 4 pm
Book Passage (San Francisco Ferry Building)
1 Ferry Building Marketplace #42
San Francisco, CA 94111

Saturday, May 17, beginning at 4 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore
5433 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618

UC Berkeley Library Exhibits

View "Story Hour in the Library" videos at webcast.berkeley.edu.

Contact the Writing, Editing and Technical Communication Department

Writing and Editing | extension-letters@berkeley.edu | (510) 642-6362

Technical Communication | extension-techeng@berkeley.edu | (510) 642-4151

Ramu Nagappan,
Humanities and Education
Liz McDonough,
Program Director
Writing and Editing
Paul Emery,
Business, Technology and Engineering