Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing

Who Will Benefit From This Certificate?

Antioch University Los Angeles’s Post-Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing requires a semester beyond completion of the MFA in Creative Writing. During this term, the student engages in systematic study of the theory and practice of teaching creative writing, a salutary preparation for working in classroom and workshop settings at any educational level. Anyone who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from an accredited institution may apply for the Certificate program. Although the Certificate is not a formal teaching “credential,” we believe that it is very useful to the following groups:

  • MFA holders who desire to teach, but have little teaching experience
  • MFA holders who are either college/university writing instructors or public school teachers who want to learn more about the intersection of creative and expository writing pedagogies, and to incorporate this knowledge into their teaching
  • MFA holders who desire to improve their marketability as teachers
  • MFA holders who have teaching careers well underway and seek to improve their current positions through post-graduate professional development encouraged or required by their employers

Structure of the Certificate Program

The Post-Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing is a one-semester program completed in three stages:

Stage I: Pre-Project Period Residency*:

The entering Certificate Student must attend a 10-day residency on the Antioch University Los Angeles campus during which he or she completes the following requirements:

  • “Orientation to the Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing”
  • “Readings in the Pedagogy of Creative Writing” seminar
  • “Teaching Academic Writing” seminar
  • Workshop in the Pedagogy of Creative Writing
  • Attend all lectures and panels involving Certificate students or pedagogy faculty
  • Attend five additional Residency learning activities, such as seminars, lectures, panels, roundtables, etc. (Attendance at faculty and student readings does not fulfill this requirement.)

*Some requirements of the Pre-Project Period Residency are waived for students who have already completed requirements a) through e) at previous AULA Residencies. AULA MFA’s who have not completed all of the above requirements should consult the MFA Program Chair.

Stage II: Semester Project Period:

During the semester-long Project Period, Certificate students perform the following off-campus activities:

  • Participate in supervised teaching of creative writing, coordinated with the assistance of an AULA creative writing pedagogy mentor
  • Read widely in the pedagogy of creative writing and provide written annotations of books read
  • Participate in an online conference on creative writing pedagogy, supervised by an Antioch creative writing pedagogy mentor
  • Write a paper on some aspect of creative writing pedagogy, supervised by an AULA creative writing pedagogy mentor

The details of 1-4 are to be negotiated with each student’s mentor and listed in the Project Period Contract.

Stage III: Post-Project Period Short Residency:

Certificate students are required to attend only the first three days of the Post-Project Period Residency. Requirements:

  • Either present a lecture related to the teaching of creative writing or participate in a pedagogy panel with fellow Certificate students.
  • Submit an archive copy of the Creative Writing Pedagogy Paper, plus an annotated bibliography of readings in the pedagogy of creative writing.
  • Participate in an individualized teaching career development session with the MFA chair and pedagogy mentor.

To apply to the Post-MFA in Teaching of Creative Writing, click here.

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