Multi-Year Schedule

The following proposed course schedules are designed to help students plan their studies. These plans are tentative, depending on instructor availability, enrollment trends, and other factors. Students should regularly check this list for updates and changes. All courses must meet minimum enrollment to run; students should register early to get the courses they want. MA in Writing courses in Fiction and Nonfiction are onsite; courses in the MA and Graduate Certificate in Science Writing are online except for the Summer Residency, which is onsite at the designated location.

Note: Students receive enrollment priority in their concentration or program’s courses, meaning Fiction students get priority in Fiction courses, Science Writing students get priority in online courses, etc. Because of this priority, the Writing or Science Writing program may ask students to switch out of a course from outside their programs or concentration if students within that concentration or program are on waiting lists. This may especially apply to online courses, which are designed for Science Writing students – not those attending the onsite program in Fiction or Nonfiction.

The Fine Print: Overall, the MA in Writing Program hopes to offer Fiction and Nonfiction students an opportunity to earn workshop and elective credit every Fall, Spring, and Summer term onsite in both Washington and Baltimore. Science Writers will be able to complete a workshop and elective each term online. The final thesis courses in Writing and Science Writing will be offered each Fall and Spring in DC and in Baltimore. For the first year, Science Writing students will be able to attend the MA Program thesis course as distance students; an online Thesis & Careers in Science Writing course is being planned and may be offered as soon as Fall 2015. Thesis courses are not now offered in the summers. When possible, electives will be offered on different nights than workshops, so students may take two courses in the same term; students may not take more than one workshop per term.

The schedule below lists certain courses as Two-Campus, meaning they are designed to enroll students from DC and Baltimore. Formats that encourage two-campus enrollment include one or more of the following: live video conference, Saturday classes, commuting for some sessions to the opposite campus, or using digital learning tools. Saturday classes allow time for students to commute from the opposite campus; other Saturday or weekday classes may involve a commute for two to six class sessions. However, fully online courses are NOT offered in Fiction or Nonfiction. Those concentrations will offer online sessions only occasionally during a term.

Instructors will be listed when registration opens about three months before each term. Certain courses have customary instructors: Sentence Power, Ed Perlman; Teaching Writing, Mark Farrington; Masters of Nonfiction; Advanced Revision in Fiction: Mark Farrington; Hybrid Forms, Rae Bryant; Thesis & Publication: Mark Farrington; Thesis & Careers in Science Writing, Melissa Hendricks. Instructor assignments will be updated regularly on this list.

The Summer Hopkins Conference on Craft and Science Writing Residency will be held together at the offsite locations announced below.

Summer 2014

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Essence of Place, Reading Washington*
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop
  • Two-Campus: Heritage of Fiction, Crafting a Nonfiction Voice
  • Science Writing / Online: Technology Tools and Multimedia Storytelling
  • Science Writing / Residency: Science Policy, Funding, and Politics (Washington)*

*Part of the 2014 Hopkins Conference on Craft, Washington, DC

Fall 2014

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, The Short Story, Thesis & Publication
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Two-Campus: Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, Contemporary American Writers, Hybrid Forms, Readings in Essay & Memoir
  • Science Writing / Online: Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Science Writing Workshop, The Nature of Nature

Spring 2015

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Cores / Electives (DC, Homewood, or 2-campus): Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, Contemporary American Writers, Novel Form, Style, & Structure; Readings in Creative Nonfiction, Sentence Power
  • Science Writing / Online: Contemporary Science Writing, Science Writing Workshop, The Literature of Science

Summer 2015

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop
  • Electives (DC, Homewood, or 2-Campus): Global Fact & Fiction, Masters of Nonfiction, Voce in Modern Fiction, Reading Appalachia*
  • Science Writing / Online: Science Writing Workshop
  • Science Writing / Residency: In the Mountains (Shenandoah National Park)*

* Part of the 2015 Hopkins Conference on Craft

Fall 2015

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Cores / Electives / Other (DC, Homewood, or 2-Campus): Contemporary American Writers, Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, Magazine Style & Substance, Heritage of Fiction I, Teaching Writing, plus: Writing Memoir & Essay Workshop, Writing the Novel Workshop
  • Science Writing / Online: Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Advanced Writing and Reporting in Science, Prize Winners: The Best Writing About Science, Technology, Environment, & Health, Thesis & Careers in Science Writing

Spring 2016

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Cores / Electives / Other (DC, Homewood, or 2-Campus): Contemporary American Writers, Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, Advanced Revision in Fiction; Readings in Essay & Memoir, Sentence Power, Profile & Biography Workshop, Writing the Novel Workshop
  • Science Writing / Online: Contemporary Science Writing, Science Writing Workshop, elective tba, Thesis & Careers in Science Writing

Summer 2016

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Reading Maryland*
  • Electives (DC, Homewood, or 2-Campus): Essence of Place, Crafting a Nonfiction Voice, Experimental Fiction
  • Science Writing / Online: Science Writing Workshop, elective tba
  • Science Writing / Residency: Medicine in Action (Baltimore)*

*Part of the 2016 Hopkins Conference on Craft

Fall 2016

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Cores / Electives / Other (DC, Homewood, or 2-Campus): Contemporary American Writers, Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, Masters of Nonfiction, The Short Story, Teaching Writing, Writing the Novel Workshop, Travel Writing Workshop
  • Science Writing / Online: Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Science Writing Workshop, The Nature of Nature, Thesis & Careers in Science Writing

Spring 2017

  • DC: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Homewood: Fiction Workshop, Nonfiction Workshop, Thesis & Publication
  • Cores / Electives / Other (DC, Homewood, or 2-Campus): Contemporary American Writers, Fiction Techniques, Nonfiction Techniques, Novel Form, Style, and Structure; Magazine Style & Substance, Sentence Power, Review & Opinion Workshop, Film & Screenwriting
  • Science Writing / Online: Contemporary Science Writing, Science Writing Workshop, The Literature of Science, Thesis & Careers in Science Writing

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.