Writing

The Master of Arts in Writing Program is celebrating 20 years of success in helping writers achieve a wide range of creative and professional goals. With a part-time format, craft-base courses, and a faculty of practicing writers and editors, the program offers a challenging, nurturing home in Washington or Baltimore to expand knowledge and skills in Fiction or Nonfiction. For Science Writing you can explore our Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate.

Our nine-course MA in Writing reflects the quality, prestige, and value of Johns Hopkins University; our program aims to create the next generation of citizens for our nation’s Community of Letters.

MA in Writing Program Overview

For information on our summer residency course — held in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 2017 — as well as for an overview of our program, view the following video.

Quick Stats

Course Locations Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC
Available 100% Online No
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements Nine courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2018-19 academic year is $2,918 per course. Please note: 2018-2019 tuition rates are tentative pending approval by the Board of Trustees. More information.

In 1992, Johns Hopkins University founded the Master of Arts in Writing Program in Washington, D.C., to provide professional and artistic options for adult, part-time students. After 20 years of growth, the program offers onsite fiction and nonfiction classes in Washington and Baltimore. *Our partner program in Science Writing is online / low-residency.

The Writing Program is designed primarily for part-time study; full-time study is possible under special circumstances such as for international students or military veterans. Some students take only a course or two of interest; most seek a full Master of Arts.

The fiction and nonfiction courses, along with electives in poetry, literature, teaching writing, screenwriting, and other topics, are available on weekday evenings or Saturdays at the Washington Center and at the main Hopkins Homewood Campus in Baltimore. Fiction and nonfiction students attend face-to-face classes in Washington or Baltimore to earn a degree; online/low-residency is not available in those concentrations.

For either concentration, students earn the 9-course MA at their own pace—generally within two to five years. The program also offers accelerated and extended options. While courses are offered year-round, including in a summer term, our flexible program allows students to take a term or two off as their schedules require.

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Students, alumni, faculty, friends--just a reminder that we're getting together this Friday for drinks. Come join Elise and I at the Madhatter (1319 Connecticut Ave; semi-private there room called the Up Bar) in DC on Friday, January 26, 5:30 pm. If you're in Baltimore, meet us at R-House on Friday, February 9, 5:30 pm. Nothing fancy, just some casual conversation about the sometimes lonely work of writing. ... See MoreSee Less

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Drinks with fellow students, alumni, prospective students, writer friends. Elise and I will be there so come find our group in the restaurant's "Up Bar." ... See MoreSee Less

Neworking event 1/26/18 at Madhatter "Up Bar"

January 26, 2018, 5:30pm - January 26, 2018, 8:00pm

Drinks with fellow students, alumni, prospective students, writer friends. Elise and I will be there so come find our group in the restaurant's "Up Bar."

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It's time to interrupt the bleak and bitterly cold days of winter with a gathering of writer friends in a warm bar, don't you think? Students, alumni, fellow writer friends, come join Elise and I at the Madhatter (1319 Connecticut Ave; semi-private room there called the Up Bar) in DC on Friday, January 26, 5:30 pm. If you're in Baltimore, meet us at R-House on Friday, February 9, 5:30 pm. Nothing fancy, just some casual conversation about the sometimes lonely work of writing. ... See MoreSee Less

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