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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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Just announced: Rion Amilcar Scott, fiction faculty at Hopkins MA in Writing program, has won the PEN/Bingham Award. Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Rion! ...

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THURSDAY. Mark your calendar. We are gathering.


Well, writing may be a solitary task but communing with fellow writers to exchange ideas, concerns, epiphanies, inspirations, tips, leads, travails, triumphs and toasts has a long and rich tradition.

And we like that tradition.

So this is a reminder that we're getting together this Thursday evening in DC at The Big Hunt (upstairs in the Voodoo Lounge).

Hang out, chit-chat, and discover what it means to be part of a community of writers.

Bring a writer friend, if you wish.


Date: March 30, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm or so
Place: The Big Hunt, upstairs in the Voodoo Lounge
Address: 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036Connecticut Ave NW,
Questions?: Email me at Khouppe1@jhu.edu

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I've just learned that one of our former students is speaking at the prestigious JHU Foreign Affairs Symposium. They are hosting Ron Capps, founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project. He will speak on April 5 at 7:30 pm in Mudd Hall.

The Veterans Writing Project (VWP) is a Washington D.C-based nonprofit founded upon the core belief that every veteran has a story worth telling. VWP provides no-cost writing seminars to veterans, service members, and military family members, while also helping veterans cope with PTSD.

He will talking about his program--and all the work they are doing in the DC area.

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So excited that I just got confirmation that journalist/author/cocktail expert Wayne Curtis will be coming to the Bar Harbor craft conference in July to talk about walking/writing/drinking. Check out his work here wayne-curtis.squarespace.com/ ...

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Homewood Alumni / Student Pen and Party

Looking to connect with fellow Hopkins writers? Need a few hours of peer-pressure to get that pen to paper? Join MA in Writing students, alums, and your guests for an afternoon of open writing.

When: Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Maryland Hall, Rm 109, Homewood Campus
Cost: Free…unless you’d like to join in for post-writing food and drink at Tamber’s.

Event Plan: Come for all or part of the afternoon. Work independently or share your work with another. Enjoy camaraderie and conversation. Light snacks and drinks provided.

Questions or More information: Contact Judy Harding at: jharding21212@gmail.com

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