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Creative Writing Concentration (Concentration Website)

Area Coordinator: Professor Amber Thomas (


The Master's Degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing
is an advanced degree with a specialty in the writing of original poetry,
fiction, scripts and plays, or creative nonfiction. Because ours is a studio
writing program, primary emphasis is on the student's writing experience; students are encouraged to take the writing workshop in their genre of
study as many as three times for credit. The program is designed
according to guidelines established by the Association of Writers and
Writing Programs, which is the primary source for information on creative
writing programs in English. Abiding by AWP's principles, instruction in
the Creative Writing concentration is only offered face-to-face.

The study of contemporary literature and the forms, craft, themes, and
aesthetics of writing are incorporated into the workshops and also offered
in separate seminars. The MA with a Concentration in Creative Writing is
designed for writers who want to continue their study with an MFA, DFA,
or PhD; who wish to become qualified to teach creative writing and/or
English at the community college level; or who simply wish to better their
creative writing.

Coursework and Other Requirements (Graduate Catalog)

Students must complete at least 33 semester hours, of which 18 must
be in the Creative Writing concentration. Students may take a maximum
of 12 hours of workshop classes (ENGL 6840, 6850, 6868, 6898) for credit
towards their degree. Students are required to take a minimum of 6 hours of CW electives (ENGL 6865, 6870, 6880). The 18 semester hours in Creative Writing includes no more than 12 s.h. of workshops and a complement of CW electives to equal 18 s.h.

For questions regarding coursework and requirements, please contact Professor Amber Thomas (

Choose one research methods course from the following(3 s.h.)
ENGL 6009 Research Methods in Language Study
ENGL 6702 Research Methods in Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL 6805 Research: The Writer's Perspective
ENGL 7005 Bibliography and Methods
ENGL 7601 Research Design in Rhetoric and Composition

Select up to four workshops* (maximum of 12 s.h.)
ENGL 6840 Advanced Poetry Writing
ENGL 6850 Advanced Fiction Writing  
ENGL 6868 Advanced Nonfiction Writing   
ENGL 6898 Advanced Script Writing  
*Any one workshop may be taken for credit up to three times.

Select at least two CW electives (minimum of 6 s.h.) 
ENGL 6865 Creative Writing  
ENGL 6870 Literature from the Writer's Perspective  
ENGL 6880 Directed Readings in Creative Writing

Electives (6 s.h.)
English courses outside the concentration or from another department.
Note: Students wishing to receive a graduate teaching assistantship must
complete ENGL 6625 Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice.

Thesis or Comprehensive Assessment Requirement (6 s.h.)
 1. Thesis Option: a collection of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama. Produced according to Graduate School 
     criteria.  (6 s.h.)        
 2. Comprehensive Assessment Requirement (CAP) Option:
A comprehensive assessment project and additional coursework in English. (6 s.h.)