The JHU graduate writing program reflects the school’s international reputation for academic rigor and creative innovation. The MA in Writing Program offers concentrations in Fiction and Nonfiction and a myriad of courses in everything from Travel Writing, Novel Writing, and Screenwriting to Poetry, Memoir, and Investigative Journalism.
MA in Writing
|Format||Onsite (Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C.)|
|Entry Terms||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|Degree Requirements||9 courses|
|Length of Program||9 – 20 months|
|Tuition||$3,108 per course*|
Classes take place in the evenings and on Saturdays at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC or at the main Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD. Every summer, we offer a week-long residency for full class credit in locations around the world. (Locations include Bar Harbor, Maine; Dublin, Ireland; Shenandoah National Park.) Some of our classes are hybrid classes, meaning they meet half online and half onsite.
New: The MA in Writing Online
Beginning in Fall 2019, we will be offering a fully-online MA in Writing degree, to go hand-in-hand with our onsite MA degree in Baltimore and Washington, DC. The online and onsite MA degrees will have the same requirements, offer the same courses, take advantage of the same faculty. To read more about the new fully online option for pursuing the MA in Writing degree, please click on this link.
Students on the Nonfiction track pursue long-form, literary journalism or personal essays and memoir. Students on the Fiction track work on short stories, novellas, or novels in a variety of genres. Classes are small – most are capped at 15 – and students hone their craft through line-level scrutiny of their work by our faculty of working, professional writers.
Our nine-course MA in Writing program has a part-time format, meaning most of our students work or have other obligations that allow them to take only one or two courses per term. Students study at their own pace, finishing either program in 18 months to five years. The program also offers accelerated and extended options. While courses are offered year-round, including a summer term, our flexible program allows students to take a term or two off as their schedules require.
Our graduates publish in scores of national journals and magazines, including The Paris Review, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Sun, Boulevard, Atlantic Monthly, Science, Washington Post, Story Magazine, Discover, Esquire, Smithsonian, The American Scholar, and many others. They have published 260 books and counting. Honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction (twice), F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest (twice), Pushcart Prize, Best American Science Writing, John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and James Jones First Novel Fellowship, plus two Fulbrights and even an Emmy. Check out our Facebook page to get a sense of what our community of writers – faculty, alumni, students – are up to and where and what they’ve been publishing lately.
Overall, we focus on craft and helping our imaginative students write, publish, and edit at the highest levels possible. We also focus on teaching quality, diverse curricula, and create an environment for our students that is both challenging and supportive. We steer away from the arch-competitive, harsh workshops of some other programs; we think you can be direct and straight-forward with feedback while also creating a classroom culture that encourages risk-taking. We know that writers grow and develop with clear, specific, individual feedback and our faculty of working writers is committed to giving students this kind of thoughtful response to their submissions.
We offer courses in voice, place, revision, novel form & style, screenwriting, playwriting, and identity, plus many others. Our workshops can be general or specific, such as novel writing, profile writing, review-writing, the memoir, the personal essay, short story writing, or other forms. We encourage cross-concentration study, and we still offer poetry courses even though we no longer have a formal concentration in that field. Our reading courses are craft-based, meaning we study literature for what we can learn from it as writers as well as what it represents in terms of culture and art.
For Science Writing, you can explore our Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate. For a focus specifically on teaching, see our MA in Teaching in Writing.
*Please note: 2019-2020 tuition rates are tentative pending approval by the Board of Trustees. More information.
- 1.2 - MA in Writing Alum Craig Gralley Profiled in Washington Post
- 12.5 - MA in Writing Alum Monica Hesse’s Book Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2017
- 3.29 - MA in Writing Faculty Rion Scott Wins PEN/Bingham Prize
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