Creative Writing - MA Concentration
Faculty and students gather for the Stray Dog Reading Series.
The M.A. with concentration in Creative Writing is distinguished from the more traditional studio MFA in that it offers training in literary studies along with writing workshops. The program allows you to deepen your grasp of the broader historical and critical context of literature, which, in turn, informs your own writing. M.A. students share workshops and seminars with our doctoral students; the portfolio focuses attention on mastering the skills that go into perfecting the individual story, poem, and essay. This M.A. provides a fulfilling education in its own right; at the same time it is an excellent preparation for continued study in MFA or doctoral programs.
Prose M.A. student Jeremy Tow introduces a LHUCA Literary Showcase reading.
The degree requires 36 hours of coursework consisting partly of the core seminars required of all students pursuing the M.A. in English, and partly of requirements specific to the concentration in Creative Writing. The core seminars include courses in research and/or critical methods, British and American literature, and professional development issues. The Creative Writing requirements include 12 hours of creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and/or non-fiction, according to the student's interests. In the student's final semester, s/he completes the requirements for the degree by assembling a portfolio of the creative work produced in these workshops or, in exceptional cases, a creative thesis. Students must also acquire or demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language.
In our Creative Writing program, we also are committed to the professional development of every student. Our Professional Development Curriculum is designed to get M.A. students thinking about career goals, publication, and other professional activities very early, and we offer specialized workshops on finding non-academic employment as well as applying to Ph.D. programs. All of this provides a promising beginning to a career as a writer and scholar.
More detailed information about the requirements for the M.A. may be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.
For more information about graduate study in Creative Writing, please contact Dr. Curtis Bauer, Director of Creative Writing.
For general information about graduate study in the Department of English, please contact Dr. Kanika Batra, Director of Graduate Studies by email or at 806.742.2501.