Graduate Emphasis: MA Writing


Course Descriptions
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The MA Writing emphasis is designed for students who wish to strengthen their skills as writers while deepening their understanding of literature and language. MA Writing students may opt for intensive study in composition research and teaching or in creative writing, with cognate work in linguistics, literature, or literacy studies. Students may choose either a non-thesis or thesis program of study, with a range of creative or research project options available in the latter.

The MA Writing program has supported students with a variety of profiles, who engage in diverse kinds of projects: memoirs, collections of short stories or poems, interview-based study of secondary teaching, survey of writing program administrators, hybrid-genre writing, family history/life-writing. Students studying creative writing will find ample access to workshops, seminars, and individual study, taught by faculty with interest in a broad range of forms and genres. Students in the program are active in professional activities of various kinds: publishing, participating in conferences, and serving as writing interns in businesses, community agencies, or educational institutions.

The MA Writing program has placed graduates in community colleges, private sector positions, and PhD programs throughout the US.

For more information about English Department faculty, please see the Faculty Biography pages.

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