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Certificate in Editing and Publishing

Jennifer Murvin, Certificate Advisor
Siceluff Hall, Room 232; Phone 417-836-5107

Program description

This certificate will provide students an understanding of the editing and publication processes related to small press publishing, literary magazine publishing, professional editing, and the larger literary publishing industry through both classroom learning and experience with the Department of English’s Moon City Press and Moon City Review. This understanding provides a foundation for literary publication, preparing students for professional work in this field, including but not limited to large publishing houses, small independent presses, literary agenting and representation, editing and proofreading, entrepreneurship, and the non-profit arts sector.

Admission requirements

This certificate requires a Bachelor's degree and a 3.00 GPA; this certificate also requires additional university and Graduate College requirements for admission to a certificate program.

Program requirements (15 hours)

Required hours

Course Info Title Hours
ENG 640* Small Press Production 3 hrs
ENG 651 Literary Publication 3 hrs


ENG 601 OR

ENG 604 OR

ENG 607 OR

ENG 701** OR

ENG 707**

Choose one course from the following:

Advanced Writing: Fiction OR

Advanced Writing: Nonfiction OR

Advanced Writing: Poetry OR

Graduate Fiction Workshop OR

Graduate Poetry Workshop


3 hrs


ENG 662 OR

ENG 710 OR

ENG 711 OR

ENG 775 OR

ENG 777 OR

ENG 786

Choose 2 courses from the following:

Contemporary American Poetry/Fiction OR

Seminar: Fiction OR

Seminar: Poetry OR

Designing Technical Documents OR

Professional Editing OR

Seminar: Form and Theory of Prose


6 hrs

* Students who have taken the 500-level version of this course may choose to substitute a different course from the list of suggested elective options

** Requires permission of instructor

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.