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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.

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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; 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.

Coming Soon: Ready, Set, Write

Join Extension Honored Instructor Lindsey Crittenden, M.A. (pictured, right) and Laurie Ann Doyle, M.F.A. (pictured, left) in this new intensive workshop to get your writing on track.

Perhaps you're familiar with starting a story only to get bogged down in its development. Or, maybe you’re overwhelmed with stress trying to find the right ending to an essay. This course can help you move past the stumbling blocks and draft a complete story or essay by its completion. Everyone knows the importance of shaping a narrative, but how do you craft it quickly? Undertake a supportive, immersive experience, and explore methods for creating effective beginnings, endings and the crucial points of every short piece. Learn pointers on craft, as well as a few concrete ideas on how structure can deepen theme and character, as you begin—and complete—a first draft.

4 Meetings in Berkeley
Thursday, April 30, 7–9 pm
Thursday, May 7, 7–9 pm
Saturday, May 2, 10 am–4 pm
Saturday, May 9, 2–5 pm
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New Courses

Developing Your Creative Writing
Strengthen your foundation in the basics for all genres, stories, poems, essays, novels, memoirs or blogs, and prepare for an intermediate or an advanced class. Learn more.

Next Steps In Your Writing Life: The M.F.A. and Beyond
In this one-day workshop, explore ways to create a more engaged writing life. Learn more.

Prose Revision Workshop
By the end of six weeks, you have a fresh draft and have gained tools to further your future work. Learn more.

Screenwriting Fundamentals
In this 8-week workshop, learn the fundamentals of narrative screenwriting while developing a short- or full-length film script. Learn more.

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