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The Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing offers advanced training in the art and craft of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The program combines the practical experience of writing workshops and studies in language and style with course work in literary studies, pedagogy, editing, publishing, and other topics. The Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing attends to publishing as an integral part of the practice of the creative writer and affords interested students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with various facets of the publishing industry.
The MA in Writing and Publishing seeks to meet the needs of a range of students, including the following:
- Students with interest and experience in creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and a variety of nonfiction genres.
- Professional writers, including freelance writers and staff writers for general and trade publications or the Internet.
- Feature writers for daily, weekly, or monthly newspapers.
- General and specialized editors employed by publishing houses, magazines, and corporations.
- Working professionals for whom high-quality writing is an essential component of their jobs.
- Current and prospective teachers of English and/or writing at the secondary or post-secondary level.
- Students seeking a master's-level foundation for further graduate work in creative writing, English, teaching, or related fields.
Electives in the MA in Writing and Publishing may be used for graduate certificate programs, such as the Certificate in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and the Certificate in Digital Humanities. With planning, combined MA + certificate programs may require no additional coursework to fulfill all requirements.
The MA in Writing and Publishing may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. Students participating in a combined MA + certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs. A separate application process for the certificate is required. Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.
- Writing and Publishing + Digital Humanities Certificate
- Writing and Publishing + Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges Certificate
- Writing and Publishing + Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate
Courses in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing are offered at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Create original works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
- Apply skills of narration, description, exposition, and research to their own and others' writing.
- Explain the literary history of the various genres they practice.
- Evaluate and develop new ideas and experiment with form; for example: the prose poem, the short-story cycle, or the lyric essay.
- Apply what they have learned by marketing their work for publication and connecting with literary communities beyond the classroom.
Writing Workshop: 20 hours
- All workshops, except for ENG 480, ENG 487, ENG 490, ENG 491, and ENG 497, are reserved for graduate students in the Department of English
|Select five from the following:||20|
|INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING|
|WRITING WORKSHOP TOPICS (May be repeated with different topics)|
|WRITING FOR MAGAZINES|
|WRITING THE LITERATURE OF FACT|
Studies in Language and Style: 4 hours
|Select one from the following:||4|
|STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH|
|HISTORY OF ENGLISH PROSE STYLE|
|LANGUAGE AND STYLE FOR WRITERS|
Electives in Language, Literature, Publishing and Teaching: 8 hours
|Select two from the following:||8|
|HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE|
|THE ESSAY: HISTORY, THEORY, PRACTICE|
|TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING|
|TOPICS IN GENRE AND FORM (Variable)|
|TOPICS IN PUBLISHING (Variable)|
|TOPICS IN TEACHING (Variable)|
|TOPICS IN EDITING (May be repeated with a different topic)|
Any courses in “Studies in Language and Style” category (above) if not used to satisfy the Language & Style category requirement
Any graduate-level courses in literature offered by the English department
Courses from other programs may be substituted only with approval of program director
Open Electives: 16 hours
|Select four from the following:||16|
Any graduate-level courses in writing, literature, criticism, publishing, and teaching offered by the English department
Up to two graduate level courses offered by the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department
Courses from other programs may be substituted only with approval of program director. Note: No more than two courses from outside of the English Department may count toward Open Electives