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Creative Writing: On the Job Lecture Series

Creative Writing: On the Job is a series that challenges assumptions about the field. Often Creative Writing curricula is about editing and publishing. This series explores other ways creative writing skills enhance careers across disciplines.

In the inaugural webinar, “Advocacy in Nonprofit Work,” on March 18, 2021, the following industry leaders and writers discussed creative writing skills required in day-to-day work:

“The mark of a good creative writer is somebody who tells a story and makes it believable.”

Bonniejean Alford, Brand, Identity, and Word Strategist
Alford Enterprises


“Words are now monetized. There’s a monetary value to the words you use…We have to think about the emotional value of our words and the monetary value of our words.”

Chad Pedigo, Donor, Volunteer, Vice President of Development


“We tell the true story about helping someone who needed it at this moment…I want people to know our story so they can see what we really do.”

Adrienne McCue, President and Executive Director
Step Up For Mental Health®


“What we’re all describing is how the writing is inseparable from this whole, huge, dynamic, passionate…enterprise of trying to help people.”

Scott Buckley, Former Web Development Manager
American Institutes for Research


Creative Writing: On the Job is sponsored by the Creative Writing Certificate Advisory Committee and the COD English Department Creative Writing Program at College of DuPage.

About the Creative Writing Certificate

College of DuPage is the first community college in Illinois to offer a creative writing certificate—a stackable credential for professionals looking to enhance their ability to tell a story for their employer. The certificate also serves writers seeking to perfect their craft for publication.

The program includes 5 classes: Introduction to Creative Writing, a genre writing course, a literature or theater course, an elective, and a capstone! 

Writers choose from various academic tracks including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, or general Creative Writing studies.

For more information, visit our webpage or contact Professor Trina Sotirakopulos, Chair of the Creative Writing Certificate Program

The mark of a good creative writer is somebody who tells a story and makes it believable.

Bonniejean Alford, Brand, Identity, and Word StrategistAlford Enterprises

English Department Chairs

Jill Salas
Chair of Developmental English

Tim Henningsen
Chair of Composition

Jason Snart
Chair of Literature, Creative Writing and Film