Graduate Certificate Program in Narrative Journalism


This certificate program is designed to teach exceptional narrative writing, editing and other storytelling skills that the school’s faculty believes will become essential in the ever-evolving world of nonfiction publishing.

The certificate is specifically designed for professional journalists, authors, writing instructors, editors and researchers currently working for newspapers, magazines, book publishers and public relations firms.

Professionals can earn 15 hours of graduate-level credit for completing five of the six courses in our Graduate Certificate Program in Narrative Journalism. Up to 15 hours will apply toward a master’s degree for professionals who wish to pursue an advanced degree in journalism.

Professionals attending our annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference have asked us to consider offering year-round instruction in the art and craft of narrative nonfiction to enhance their skills and better equip them for the rapidly-changing job market in creative writing and teaching. Our certificate program in narrative journalism is designed to give students a competitive edge in all fields of journalism and creative writing.

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The Mayborn Graduate Institute is offering five courses in the certificate program that entails periodic seminars, workshops and other gatherings for professionals designed to teach exceptional writing, editing and other skills needed in the ever-evolving world of nonfiction publishing.


To enroll in the Mayborn Graduate Institute’s 15-hour Certificate in Narrative Journalism, candidates will apply to UNT through the Toulouse Graduate School website and will send official transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree. The Graduate Record Examination is not required. Departmental admission requirements include a resume and two narrative writing samples. Please submit these documents to Julie Buchanan in the Mayborn Graduate Institute ( for review. Call 940-565-4564 for information.


Choose from the required courses listed below (15 hours):

JOUR 5270    Advanced Reporting Techniques
JOUR 5700    Advanced Feature Writing
JOUR 5710    Narrative Journalism
JOUR 5720    Magazine Writing and Publishing
JOUR 5730    Writing, Editing and Publishing for the Literary Market
JOUR 5740    Literary Journalism


The courses will be offered at the UNT campus and at various venues in Dallas, including The Dallas Morning News.

Another venue for advanced studies in nonfiction publishing is the historic Spur Hotel in Archer City. The town and the surrounding landscape provide “an incredibly rich store of fact and fuel for creative writing,” says Judith Kulp, a student who attended a summer workshop in Archer City.

Kristen Flory, a doctoral student working on a literary nonfiction dissertation, agrees. “Just standing in the very Royal Theater that inspired Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show puts me in the mood to create my own stories.”

The place has inspired some of the greatest stories ever written. Conducting classes in Archer City connects students to the legacy and character of the West in a profound and dramatic way.

In Archer City, Larry McMurtry has assembled the largest collection of antiquarian books in the country. His bookstores, called “Booked Up,” attract writers, researchers and scholars from all over the world. The bookstores will serve as a valuable resource for anyone enrolling in the Mayborn’s professional certificate program.