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.

Litquake, October 10–18, 2014

Readings at Litquake

UC Berkeley Extension's Writing program is pleased to be a sponsor of Litquake. Join us during the week for a variety of special reading events featuring instructors and students from the program.

Instructors and students from the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing read their work.
Oct. 10–18, 2014
Various San Francisco locations

Writing Journeys

Graduates from our program read their best creative works in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2–5 pm
UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center, 95 Third St.


From Twain to Litquake: A Literary Guide to San Francisco

Hosted by Laurie Ann Doyle (pictured), this course presents information on the Bay Area's literary traditions from past to present, through close readings and discussions of famous local writers. Renowned authors Ianthe Brautigan and Ishmael Reed read from their works. At the final class meeting, Jack Boulware provides his perspective on this year's Litquake festival, including insider information for participants. Enroll today!

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