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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.
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; receive guidance and advice on taking the next step with your 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. Bring your newfound skills to the real world with an internship program.
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- Finding Your Story: Creative Intersections Between Plot and Character in Fiction and Memoir, June 11
As part of your education, you have the opportunity to participate in student readings and share your prose with the community at large. Further strengthen your craft by seeing how others respond to your work—a highlight for any aspiring writer. Learn more about the 19th-Annual Student Reading Series.
Poets Studied and in Conversation instructor Laura Walker recently published story, a collection of poems about how we form the stories we tell ourselves. Walker will be doing her first reading from story at University Press Books in Berkeley on June 16, 2016, with poet Sarah Heady.
Thaisa Frank is one of the most accomplished writers to teach at Extension. In addition to her encouragement and guidance of students, she also serves on the advisory committee for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing. Frank's students cite her help to discover what is unique about their talents and her direction to turn those skills into original and vibrant work. She has published six books, including a novel, Heidegger's Glasses, in 2010, and Enchantment in 2012 (short stories). Her work has been translated into 11 languages and selected for Best Books lists from local and national publications.