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"If it wasn't for this program, I would have never gotten into an M.F.A."
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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.


Rose Heredia,
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
in Writing

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; 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.

Take a Course for Fun

Unleash your creativity with the following general-interest courses. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program. Get started today in the following areas:

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Ursa Minor Podcasts

Rob Fisher reads at Book Passage, 2016In May 2016, UC Berkeley Extension announced the release of its student arts and literary journal, Ursa Minor. Select students read at the annual student reading events that followed. In case you missed the student readings then, now you can listen to a few of their poems and stories—and hopefully discover your own.

What Is story? Laura Walker on Her Latest Poetry Collection

Laura Walker, author of story, a collection of poetryPoets 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.

Learn more about the influences and inspirations behind story.

Honored Instructor: Thaisa Frank

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.

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Contact the Writing, Editing and Technical Communication Department

Writing | | (510) 643-1110

Editing | | (510) 642-6362

Technical Communication | | (510) 642-4151

Ramu Nagappan,
Humanities and Education
Liz McDonough,
Program Director
Writing and Editing
Sean Butcher
Sean Butcher
Program Director
Technology and Engineering