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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.

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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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Thanks to current fiction student Phillip Hearn, alumni and fiction faculty member Heidi Vornbrock Roosa, and faculty member Ed Perlman for working at the Writing Program booth at AWP (and all the gazillions of others who volunteered their time but weren't subjected to the glare of my camera). And thanks to all the current students and alumni who stopped by our booth at AWP. It was an amazing three days--and so great to visit with alumni and find out where their writing has taken them in the years since graduation. ...

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AWP is fast approaching--and we'd love to see all of you there!

Come say hi to faculty, alumni, and current students who will be (wo)manning the Hopkins booth in the Exhibition Hall all hours of the day and evening. It's also a great opportunity to ask questions about our upcoming week-long summer classes in exquisitely beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine.

Also, please join the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing, Science Writing, and Teaching Writing programs for a lively reception and reading on Friday, February 10th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be held in the lower-level hall in our DC building--and feel free to bring your writer friends.

The reception will begin at 7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary light fare and beverages including wine. Meet up with faculty, fellow students, and alumni. We'll also have a book table featuring books by the evening's readers for purchase and signing by the authors. Cash or check only, please!

The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature Science Writing faculty Sue Eisenfeld and David Taylor, and Fiction faculty Michelle Brafman and Rion Amilcar Scott. Please see their (pretty darn outstanding) biographies below.

Following the reading, there'll be more time to mingle and enjoy. Books will again be for sale and signing.

We very much look forward to seeing you!


Michelle Brafman is the author of novels Bertrand Court and Washing the Dead. Her work has appeared in Slate, Tablet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program.​

Sue Eisenfeld is the author of Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal and a contributing author of The New York Times’ Disunion: A History of the Civil War. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Gettysburg Review, Potomac Review, and many other publications and have been listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in The Best American Essays in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2016. She is a five-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing/Science Writing programs.

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the short story collection Insurrections, short-listed for the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. His work has also appeared in The Kenyon Review, PANK, The Rumpus, The Washington City Paper, and The Toast, among many others, and one of his essays has been listed as a Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays 2015. He earned an MFA from George Mason University, where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and a Completion Fellowship. As well, he is a Kimbilio fellow. His new book, Wolf Tickets, is forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press. He is a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program and teaches English at Bowie State University.

David Taylor's books include the award-winning Ginseng, the Divine Root, and Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression American, ranked by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette among the Best Books of 2009. He writes articles and blogs for many publications including The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Science, National Geographic, and Washingtonian. He has also written scripts for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, and Smithsonian Channels. His awards in documentary film include CINE Golden Eagle Awards, TIVA-DC Peer Awards, and a Writers Guild of America award nomination. He is also a recipient of awards including a CASE Media Fellowship and a grant form the National Endowment of the Humanities, among others.

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Applause for the thesis students who read at the Dec. 9 & 10 Thesis Readings. Featured in this photo: Thesis instructor Ed Perlman at left with DC thesis students. We're sorry that there is no pic of the outstanding Baltimore thesis group. The Writing and Science Writing Programs are extremely proud of all thesis students. ...

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Thesis Readings this Friday and Saturday!
Attention all Hopkins Writing alums, faculty, and students: The Baltimore thesis reading is Friday, Dec. 9, in Hodson Hall on the Homewood Campus, and the DC gig is Saturday, Dec. 10, in the JHU SAIS Auditorium at Dupont Circle. Receptions are at 6, with the readings at 7. Pass the word! Come out to support our thesis students!

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