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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.

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.

Short-Story Masterpieces
Survey American and British short fiction written in the 20th and 21st century. Learn more.

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Celebrating Our Writing Instructors

When you take a writing course from UC Berkeley Extension, you learn from instructors who are published authors. They provide you with structure, support and thoughtful feedback on your work. In addition to guiding you on your writing endeavors, our instructors continue to hone their own work, finding inspiration in and out of the classroom.

We recently asked a select group of instructors what they enjoy most about being a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Here are their responses.

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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