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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.

Quick Stats

Course Locations Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC
Available 100% Online No.
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements Nine courses

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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With heavy hearts, we at the Writing Program announce the passing of Zachary Benevidez, a fine writer and dedicated writing teacher who continued his passionate path in the arts as a graduate of our program. You can find more information at Zach's FB page. ...

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The headlines: Starting today, writer Elise Levine is the new director of the MA in Writing and MA in Science Writing programs at Hopkins. And this: Mark Farrington, who has served as assistant director of the program for many years, has been promoted to direct the brand new MA in Teaching Writing program. Mark will still be around for several months to help Elise and Melissa Hendricks, coordinator of the Science Writing Program. Please welcome Elise and please congratulate Mark on this excellent news for students, faculty, and alumni.The full announcement from Mark is below.
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Elise Levine Named Director in Writing;
Mark Farrington to Direct New Program

I’m very pleased to announce that Elise Levine has been named the new program director for Writing and Science Writing. A native of Canada, now a long-time Baltimore resident, Elise is the author of the novel, Requests and Dedications, and the short story collection, Driving Men Mad. Her new novel, Blue Fields, will be published in Spring 2017. She’s published stories, poems, and personal essays and reviews in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and PANK.
Elise has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught at Dickinson College, American University and Chatham University, among other schools. She is a former Associate Mentor for the City University of Hong Kong’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.
Her fiction has earned her a Canadian National Magazine Award as well as awards from the Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Council for the Arts. She’s had residency fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Her fiction has aired on the CBC, and Margaret Atwood named her as one of Canada’s most important emerging women writers.
Elise’s office will be on the sixth floor in D.C.
I’m excited that Elise will be Writing’s new program director. I know she’ll be terrific, and I hope you will join me in welcoming her to Johns Hopkins.

I’m also writing to announce a change in my own position. Just recently, I have accepted the position of program director for the new online/low residency program in Teaching Writing. I had a very difficult decision to make when this position was offered to me, because I’ve loved my time as assistant director of the Writing Program. The greatest satisfaction I’ve had in all my years as a teacher has come while teaching Writing Program courses, from seeing the dedication, seriousness of purpose, and genuine growth of our students, and from thinking that perhaps I may have played a small part in that growth.
I’m thrilled about Elise Levine becoming the new director of the Writing Program because I know the program will continue at the high level it has established, and may well even soar higher. Elise will be a great director. And I want everyone to know that I won’t be “leaving” the Writing Program, just moving over to Teaching Writing. My office will still be in the same place on the sixth floor in D.C.; I’ll continue advising fiction students well into the fall; I plan to serve as thesis advisor for Writing students throughout the upcoming year; and I hope to continue, on occasion, to teach a Writing Program course or two. In addition, I’ll be working closely with Elise over the next few months to help her get settled in her new position, and I’ll be involved in the search for a new assistant director of Writing.
As sad as I am to be reducing my role in the Writing Program, being program director of the new Teaching Writing Program thrills me. I have been able to be at the forefront in designing this program, and it’s built on some of the key principles of teaching writing that I have long cherished: that writing teachers should write; that all teachers can not only learn together but can share their knowledge and expertise with each other in a community of teachers and writers; that teachers need the flexibility to adapt their learning to their own specific situations and interests. I’m excited to see how this program will grow, and I hope that it will flourish.
To all students, alumni, and faculty of the Writing Program: thank you, for helping to make me feel that my contributions, however minor and however flawed, have been of value. – Mark Farrington
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