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Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications

Diploma Description

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Great writing, whether for the screen, the stage, or the page, begins with great stories. But the power of telling stories, in addition to the demand for good storytellers, is not limited to professional writers. Success in nearly every industry, from politics and design to marketing and finance, hinges less on the “messaging” of facts than on the ability to tell a good story. The Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications is designed to provide a flexible, comprehensive approach to narrative that will distinguish participants working in a wide range of industries and media. Aspiring writers at all levels will gain the skills and experience they need to improve their craft and publish their work; professionals and candidates in other fields will develop a set of highly desirable skills that will set them apart. This certificate is part of the Storytelling Lab at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts. The Storytelling Lab team will help participants choose a path of courses tailored to their professional and creative goals. The Certificate, which consists of two required courses and three electives, must be completed within three years of taking the first certificate-eligible course.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

Multimedia Storytelling

Receive a comprehensive overview of multimedia storytelling and gain practical experience in all facets of digital story production.

2020 Fall
1 section

Fundamentals of Storytelling

Explore the basic elements of story, and apply them to your writing for more dynamic content, whether for novels or résumés.

2020 Fall
1 section

ELECTIVES

Complete 3

Podcasting, Radio Reporting, and Storytelling

If you want to create a podcast or work in radio, learn everything you need to get started in this beginner’s workshop.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Writing Great Characters

Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, reading, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters.

2020 Fall
1 section

Interviews and Profiles

Learn how to conduct effective interviews, fashion them into articles, and get them published.

2020 Fall
1 section

Crafting Great Essays from Personal Experience

Turn personal experiences into marketable essays or op-ed columns for newspapers or the web.

0 sections

Introduction to Fiction Writing

If you want to write fiction but need to develop basic skills, take this course to examine the fundamentals of fiction.

2020 Fall
2 sections

Feature Writing for Print and Digital Media

This practical workshop is designed to prepare you for writing and publishing feature articles.

2020 Fall
1 section

Screenwriting: An Exercise-Based Approach

This complete course in screenwriting teaches you the tools of the trade and gets you writing from the first day.

2020 Fall
1 section

The Art of the Essay: How to Write Op-Eds and Personal Essays

Learn how to write essays and then get them published in magazines, in newspapers, and online.

2020 Fall
1 section

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required