Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

Notice for Writing Program students: Early registration usually guarantees students get the courses they want. Certain courses combine students from two campuses using online tools and video-conferencing equipment. Click for full course descriptions. Is your desired course full? Slots are likely to open up in courses especially in the last week or two before classes begin. For real-time status, please go to SIS. Keep checking back!

  • Homewood Campus

    490.652.06 - Contemporary American Writers

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Monday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/8 - 4/30

    This foundation course surveys issues and trends in recent fiction and nonfiction, with emphasis on the diverse work and methods of American writers publishing today. Students read and discuss contemporary writing and hear from accomplished writers. This core course focuses on developing skills to read as a writer, and it explores the similarities and differences between factual and nonfactual writing, including the roles of truth, accuracy, and reader expectation. This core course is required for all incoming fiction and nonfiction students and usually must be completed before students in those concentrations enroll in a writing workshop.

    This course will be offered in dual locations -- both Baltimore and DC -- simultaneously, connecting via video conferencing. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.654.06 - Fiction Techniques

    $2918

    Charles (Dana) Cann

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/9 - 4/24

    In this foundation course, students explore the elements of fiction, including point of view, plot, character, setting and the forms of short stories and the novel. The course also introduces students to the writing process, the techniques of reading as a writer, and the workshop process. Readings usually include short stories, one or more novels, and books or articles on craft. Writing assignments involve exercises, response writings, and one complete piece, either an original short story or novel chapter. Revisions also may be required. This core course is required for all incoming fiction students as a prerequisite to any workshop. Nonfiction students may take it as an elective, although the program may limit the number of registrants from outside the fiction concentration.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.656.06 - Nonfiction Techniques

    $2918

    John Woods

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/10 - 4/25

    The intensive reading and writing exercises of this foundation course help students gather information and transform it into clear, creative prose – whether in literary essay and memoir or journalistic forms such as profiles, reviews or opinion. Reporting techniques include interviewing, personal observation, and examining documents. Writing techniques include structure, quotation, detail, word choice, transition and revision. This core course is required for all incoming nonfiction students prior to enrolling in a workshop. Fiction students may consider this course as an elective.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.661.01 - Fiction Workshop

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/9 - 4/24

    Fiction Workshops concentrate on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. As members of a general workshop, students submit short stories or novel chapters to their instructor and peers for critiques. Typically, two or three stories or chapters are submitted during a semester; revisions are usually required. Workshop participants also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students’ writing. We recommend, but do not require, that students take at least one general workshop before progressing to more specialized workshops, and we urge students to take workshops from different instructors, if possible. Students may take Fiction Workshop up to three times, although specialized workshops also can count toward the requirement of three workshops for a master’s degree. The 660-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    490.668.06 - Combined Workshop and Readings in Nonfiction

    $2918

    Karen Houppert

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/10 - 4/25

    The innovative experience allows students to earn either Nonfiction Workshop credit or a Nonfiction reading elective credit in a single, combined course. Students seeking workshop credit will submit nonfiction in the usual manner; enrollees needing elective credit will complete extensive reading and exercises in factual writing. At times, all students will engage together in workshop discussion or reading analysis. At other times, the two groups might separate for special attention to reading or the workshop. The dual goal is to provide nonfiction elective students with workshop experience, while workshop students enjoy the full writing critique process as they complete helpful reading. Students must complete Nonfiction Techniques before enrolling in this course. Nonfiction students earn either workshop or elective credit from this course.

    This course focuses solely on readings and workshopping in memoir and the personal essay. This course is also a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.671.06 - Nonfiction Workshop

    $2918

    Ronnie Greene

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/9 - 4/24

    These general workshops give students extensive experience in writing and revising their factual work, regardless of topic or form. Submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor. Students typically submit two to four essays, articles or book chapters. Revisions, exercises and readings also are required. Students may take this general workshop or any specialized workshop to meet the requirement of three workshops for the MA in Writing. The 670-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    This course is a nonfiction workshop focusing on investigative journalism and intensive journalism research. This course is also a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.678.06 - Novel Form, Style, & Structure

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Thursday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/11 - 4/26

    This craft elective is meant primarily for fiction writers, especially those writing or wishing to write a novel. The course focuses on a writer’s analysis of novels, expanding the study of fiction into techniques and issues relating to the longer form. Topics include structure, character arcs, style, consistency of voice, techniques of backstory and plot management. Class assignments may include response writings and original fiction as well as oral presentations. Readings usually include a number of novels, plus books or essays on novel craft.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations. This course will not meet in person every week, and will use Blackboard for some discussions and assignments.

    490.692.01 - Profile and Biography Workshop

    $2918

    Karen Houppert

    Monday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/8 - 4/23

    Articles or books about people are a central component of contemporary nonfiction. In this specialized workshop, students examine methods used in profile articles, biographies and, to a lesser extent, fictionalized biographical accounts. Students usually write two or three profiles or biography chapters in this course, plus revisions. This workshop counts as one of the three required for a nonfiction degree. Enrollees must have completed or waived the nonfiction core courses. Fiction students may enroll only with program permission.

    This course is a multimedia project that involves profiling 7-year-olds across Baltimore City to produce print, audio, video stories. Taught in conjunction with a documentary film class. Students who took this class in Fall 2017 can take this second semester. New students are invited to enroll.

    490.801.01 - Thesis And Publication

    $2918

    Eleanor Williams

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/9 - 4/30

    This final required course is required for all degree candidates in fiction or nonfiction and is offered only in the fall and spring terms. The two course goals are the completion of a successful thesis and an enriching, challenging capstone experience for the entire Writing Program. A creative writing thesis must be of considerable ambition and length — portions of a novel or a nonfiction book, or a collection of short stories, essays or articles. Thesis students should select their best, most revised work from previous program courses; not all program writing will become part of a thesis. Thesis students submit a full thesis draft in the first week of the course; the author spends the term revising this draft. To provide extensive time for revision, thesis students meet as a class only for certain weeks during the term. During those class sessions, students create a class literary journal, engage in forward- looking discussions on the writing life, participate in a program- capping roundtable discussion, and rehearse and conduct a public reading. Prerequisite: All other required and elective courses. Students may not take another course during their thesis term without program permission; such a course must be in addition to program requirements. Students enrolling in this course should submit a Thesis Planning Form at least 30 days in advance. For more information about the thesis course and process, see the Writing Program website under Program Resources.

  • Washington DC Center

    490.652.56 - Contemporary American Writers

    $2918

    Heidi Vornbrock Roosa

    Monday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/8 - 4/30

    This foundation course surveys issues and trends in recent fiction and nonfiction, with emphasis on the diverse work and methods of American writers publishing today. Students read and discuss contemporary writing and hear from accomplished writers. This core course focuses on developing skills to read as a writer, and it explores the similarities and differences between factual and nonfactual writing, including the roles of truth, accuracy, and reader expectation. This core course is required for all incoming fiction and nonfiction students and usually must be completed before students in those concentrations enroll in a writing workshop.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.654.56 - Fiction Techniques

    $2918

    Charles (Dana) Cann

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/9 - 4/24

    In this foundation course, students explore the elements of fiction, including point of view, plot, character, setting and the forms of short stories and the novel. The course also introduces students to the writing process, the techniques of reading as a writer, and the workshop process. Readings usually include short stories, one or more novels, and books or articles on craft. Writing assignments involve exercises, response writings, and one complete piece, either an original short story or novel chapter. Revisions also may be required. This core course is required for all incoming fiction students as a prerequisite to any workshop. Nonfiction students may take it as an elective, although the program may limit the number of registrants from outside the fiction concentration.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.656.56 - Nonfiction Techniques

    $2918

    John Woods

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/10 - 4/25

    The intensive reading and writing exercises of this foundation course help students gather information and transform it into clear, creative prose – whether in literary essay and memoir or journalistic forms such as profiles, reviews or opinion. Reporting techniques include interviewing, personal observation, and examining documents. Writing techniques include structure, quotation, detail, word choice, transition and revision. This core course is required for all incoming nonfiction students prior to enrolling in a workshop. Fiction students may consider this course as an elective.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.661.51 - Fiction Workshop

    $2918

    Rion Scott

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/10 - 4/25

    Fiction Workshops concentrate on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. As members of a general workshop, students submit short stories or novel chapters to their instructor and peers for critiques. Typically, two or three stories or chapters are submitted during a semester; revisions are usually required. Workshop participants also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students’ writing. We recommend, but do not require, that students take at least one general workshop before progressing to more specialized workshops, and we urge students to take workshops from different instructors, if possible. Students may take Fiction Workshop up to three times, although specialized workshops also can count toward the requirement of three workshops for a master’s degree. The 660-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    490.668.56 - Combined Workshop and Readings in Nonfiction

    $2918

    Karen Houppert

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/10 - 4/25

    The innovative experience allows students to earn either Nonfiction Workshop credit or a Nonfiction reading elective credit in a single, combined course. Students seeking workshop credit will submit nonfiction in the usual manner; enrollees needing elective credit will complete extensive reading and exercises in factual writing. At times, all students will engage together in workshop discussion or reading analysis. At other times, the two groups might separate for special attention to reading or the workshop. The dual goal is to provide nonfiction elective students with workshop experience, while workshop students enjoy the full writing critique process as they complete helpful reading. Students must complete Nonfiction Techniques before enrolling in this course. Nonfiction students earn either workshop or elective credit from this course.

    This course focuses solely on readings in and workshopping memoir and personal essays. This course is also a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.671.56 - Nonfiction Workshop

    $2918

    Ronnie Greene

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/9 - 4/24

    These general workshops give students extensive experience in writing and revising their factual work, regardless of topic or form. Submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor. Students typically submit two to four essays, articles or book chapters. Revisions, exercises and readings also are required. Students may take this general workshop or any specialized workshop to meet the requirement of three workshops for the MA in Writing. The 670-1-2 sequential numbering of workshops relates only to the three annual academic terms and does not indicate cumulative coursework.

    This course is a nonfiction workshop focusing on intensive journalism research. This course is also a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations weekly.

    490.678.56 - Novel Form, Style, & Structure

    $2918

    Elise Levine

    Thursday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/11 - 4/26

    This craft elective is meant primarily for fiction writers, especially those writing or wishing to write a novel. The course focuses on a writer’s analysis of novels, expanding the study of fiction into techniques and issues relating to the longer form. Topics include structure, character arcs, style, consistency of voice, techniques of backstory and plot management. Class assignments may include response writings and original fiction as well as oral presentations. Readings usually include a number of novels, plus books or essays on novel craft.

    This course is a dual-location offering, with students meeting simultaneously in Baltimore and DC, and connecting via video conference. The instructor will alternate locations. This course will not meet in person every week, and will use Blackboard for some discussions and assignments.

    490.801.51 - Thesis And Publication

    $2918

    Edward Perlman

    Monday 6:00 - 8:45; 1/8 - 4/24

    This final required course is required for all degree candidates in fiction or nonfiction and is offered only in the fall and spring terms. The two course goals are the completion of a successful thesis and an enriching, challenging capstone experience for the entire Writing Program. A creative writing thesis must be of considerable ambition and length — portions of a novel or a nonfiction book, or a collection of short stories, essays or articles. Thesis students should select their best, most revised work from previous program courses; not all program writing will become part of a thesis. Thesis students submit a full thesis draft in the first week of the course; the author spends the term revising this draft. To provide extensive time for revision, thesis students meet as a class only for certain weeks during the term. During those class sessions, students create a class literary journal, engage in forward- looking discussions on the writing life, participate in a program- capping roundtable discussion, and rehearse and conduct a public reading. Prerequisite: All other required and elective courses. Students may not take another course during their thesis term without program permission; such a course must be in addition to program requirements. Students enrolling in this course should submit a Thesis Planning Form at least 30 days in advance. For more information about the thesis course and process, see the Writing Program website under Program Resources.