The Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program is now offering select fully online courses in addition to its onsite courses in Baltimore and Washington, DC.
For 24 years, the Johns Hopkins Masters of Arts in Writing Program has provided an intensive, nurturing environment with craft-based courses designed to improve your writing and drive you toward publication. Our students and alumni have published hundreds of books, plus thousands of short stories, essays, articles, poems, reviews, and other work, in hundreds of magazines, literary journals, and digital publications. With scores of local, regional and national awards, our graduates become authors, freelancers, and teachers, or they get jobs as editors and staff writers for digital and print magazines, journals, newspapers, and publishers.
Now, for the first time, the MA in Writing Program is offering a select number of fully online courses to supplement our thriving onsite program in Washington DC and at the main Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. These fully online courses are taught asynchronously, so students may work at their own convenience.
Spring 2019 Online Course Offerings
All online courses are asynchronous, so you may do the work on a schedule that works best for you. Our courses join workshop components with videos, readings, discussions, and lectures, and bring students together to form a community within an exciting online environment.
These three courses mark the beginning of a new online component for the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program. We plan to continue offering more fully online courses, and soon we’ll offer fully online certificates and even a full MA degree in fiction and nonfiction.
Summer 2019 Online Course Offerings
You may apply for the MA degree in Fiction or Nonfiction, and mix online courses with onsite courses to complete the degree. Or, you may apply as a special, non-degree student to take one or more courses separately. (Should you enroll as a special student and later wish to switch to the degree program, all courses you’ve taken as a special student will count toward the degree.)
Before you can enroll in any of the online courses offered in Spring 2019, you’ll need to complete an application to the program. You can find information on applying here.
Registration for the Spring semester begins on November 1, 2018 and ends on January 13, 2019. Remember, you must submit an application to the MA in Writing Program before you can enroll in a course.
Contact MA in Writing Program director Mark Farrington with any questions.
What Our Graduates Say about the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program
Dave Housley, 2007 graduate, and author of Massive Cleansing Fire; Darkness Got to Give; If I Knew the Way I would Take You Home; Commercial Fiction; and Ryan Seacrest is Famous.
“I was thirty when I decided to find out if I could actually be a writer, and The Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program gave me a chance to learn and grow in a structured and supportive environment, all while I was working full time as a Web Manager for a large environmental nonprofit. I definitely wouldn’t be any kind of writer without that program and the space it gave me to figure out how to do both things at the same time, which is something I’m still doing now, twenty years later.”
Michelle Brafman, 2007 graduate, Writing Program faculty member, and author of Bertrand Courtand Washing the Dead.
“I applied to the Hopkins M.A. in Writing program because I lacked the proper tools to write the stories I desperately wanted to tell. Hopkins does an exceptional job of teaching technique. I’ve published two novels and now teach creative writing, and I still find myself perusing my old notebooks and assigned readings. My degree is the gift that keeps giving.”
Josh Rolnick, 2002 graduate, Writing Program faculty member, and author of Pulp and Paper, Winner of the Iowa Fiction Award.
“I was new to fiction writing when I applied to the Johns Hopkins Writing Program, with little knowledge of technique or the world of publishing. Hopkins demystified the process of writing, from the first words on a blank page through revision to submission for publication. The program’s focus on craft gave me the tools I needed to become a storyteller – including lessons on plot, structure, and voice that still resonate almost twenty years later. Being immersed in a community of talented, committed writers – reading each other’s work, exchanging feedback, engaging in lively discussions about contemporary authors – spurred my creativity like nothing else had, inspiring me to become an active literary citizen. Hopkins was my first step toward a career in writing, publishing, and teaching fiction. It’s really no stretch to say the Johns Hopkins Writing Program changed the course of my life.”
And from Mark Farrington, the director.
“Our focus in on craft. Our goal, to help you become a better writer.”
“Some writing programs receive hundreds of applications in a year and accept six students. We have a broader mandate. If we feel you have the skill and desire to do well in our program, we can accept you.”
“In fulltime writing programs, some students put their ‘real lives’ on hold for two years, and when they finish, they struggle to merge their writing lives with the rest of their lives. In our part-time program, students continue to work at their jobs, raise their children, tend to every part of their lives, while also taking classes and writing essays, stories, poems and books. When they finish, they have already learned how to make writing a part of their daily lives, so they can move smoothly forward as lifelong writers.”
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