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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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MA in Writing thesis student Andrew Hamm is the new online editor at the Little Patuxent Review! They're looking for submissions, something you might want to hop on. Here's a note from him:

Little Patuxent Review (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Winter 2018 issue. Submissions will be accepted through March 1st, 2018. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at littlepatuxentreview.org.
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A Hopkins writing alum invites you to an event to support her multimedia nonprofit organization. Music in Exile documents the songs and stories of people who have been displaced by war and sectarian violence. JHU graduate Sasha Ingber and a small team are now planning a trip to Bangladesh to document the Rohingya refugee crisis -- because more than 750,000 have fled brutality in neighboring Burma. The music, photos, and video will publish along with written profiles of musicians at musicinexile.org.

When: Tuesday, Feb 27
Where: District Distillery (1414-1418 U St NW, two blocks from the U Street metro)
Time: 6:15pm - 8:30pm
What: Live guitar music + short presentation + good company

This info is also on Facebook. Rohingya Refugee Musicians In Bangladesh It is free to come, and all are welcome!
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Rohingya Refugee Musicians In Bangladesh

February 27, 2018, 6:15pm - February 27, 2018, 8:30pm

Come listen to live music, have some drinks, and support Music in Exile, a DC-based nonprofit, as we get ready for our next trip to document the music and stories of displaced musicians! What we're ...

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I'm a little behind the curve here and should have posted this on Valentine's Day but hey, it's not like love is a time-tied news story, right? Here's a faculty member from our Science Writing program sharing a musical look at your brain on love. ... See MoreSee Less

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