Graduate Certificate in Writing Theory and Practice

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About the Certificate

Graduate students and postdocs looking to enhance their writing practice are excellent candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Writing Theory and Practice. Prepare your work for publication, deepen your knowledge of writing theory, or learn cross-disciplinary principles for incorporating writing into your teaching through this certificate. Our workshop curriculum has been developed by faculty from the University Writing Program and by Graduate Writing Fellows from across the disciplines. Center your personal writing practice, grow your professional skill set, and earn a certificate that demonstrates your commitment and expertise. Join an ambitious and supportive community of graduate writers through our offering of writing workshops, retreats, and consultations. Get inspired by your peers, learn from experienced workshop facilitators, and consult one-on-one about your writing process and goals. Our certificate program is free of cost to participants and available for UC Davis graduate students pursuing one of the following degree objectives: PhD, EdD, MA, MS, MFA, MPH, or MHS. The Graduate Certificate in Writing Theory and Practice is sponsored by the University Writing Program, Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and GradPathways.


Certificate Requirements

The following learning goals are designed to be completed over 3 quarters in a single academic year. We recognize that graduate students are very busy; therefore, you may complete the requirements at your own pace, as long as all requirements are met within the same academic year. In this certificate, you will participate in asynchronous learning modules where you: 

  • Develop rhetorical awareness of your field’s writing practices 

  • Attend writing consultations and/or writing-related workshops 

  • Produce materials to support writing instruction in your field of study

  • Review a Book from a curated list 

  • Reflect on your writing process