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Master of Arts in Writing

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Spalding’s Master of Arts in Writing program offers tracks in creative and professional writing taught by the outstanding, supportive faculty of our low residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing, nationally recognized as a Top 10 program.

The 35-credit-hour Master of Arts in Writing program provides excellent, affordable graduate instruction in a compassionate, noncompetitive, supportive community. You can use your MAW studies to pursue a literary passion, to advance in a new or existing career, or to change career paths. Employers sometimes reimburse educational expenses, and teachers may be able to use their graduate studies toward an advancement in rank. The Spalding MAW can be completed in as little as a year, over two intensive semesters and a capstone residency. You may matriculate into the MFA program if you wish to receive the terminal degree, earning two master’s degrees for about the same cost as the MFA program alone. Read more about why serious writers choose Spalding.

The MAW’s Creative Writing track offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children & young adults, screenwriting, and playwriting, culminating in a completed creative project. The Professional Writing track teaches you to master writing skills valuable in today’s workplace, culminating with a polished portfolio that showcases writing and editing for the nonprofit and business worlds. In both tracks, students develop lifelong writing habits in a supportive learning community.

How It Works

Each semester, you complete a 10-day residency course on campus or abroad alongside MFA students, followed by an independent study course in which you write extensively, read critically, and receive detailed feedback from a faculty mentor. You can choose a shorter, more intensive schedule or a longer, less intensive schedule for your independent study course. The flexibility built into Spalding’s low-residency model makes graduate study possible for students with full-time jobs and substantial family commitments.

Creative Writing Track

First semester:

Residency: Attend an introductory residency including lectures, readings, discussions, and a faculty-led workshop exploring creative writing craft.

Independent study: Introductory one-on-one mentored study in creative writing and reading in your chosen genre.

Second semester:

Residency: Attend an intermediate residency including lectures, readings, panel discussions, and a faculty-led workshop exploring creative writing craft.

Independent study: Intermediate one-on-one mentored study in creative writing and reading, culminating in a completed creative project.

Capstone Residency: Attend an advanced residency in creative writing, with options for a special-topics workshop, a teaching seminar, or a book-length manuscript workshop. Present a capstone reading and a capstone project.

Professional Writing Track

First semester:

Residency: Attend an introductory residency including lectures, readings, discussions, and a faculty-led workshop exploring foundations of narrative structure and persuasion, editing, and publishing.

Independent study: Work closely with a faculty mentor in a survey of writing assignments across various modes of professional writing, with an emphasis on writing assignments reflecting your professional writing goals.

Second semester:

Residency: Attend an intermediate residency including lectures, readings, discussions, and a faculty-led workshop in editing and publishing.

Independent study: Work closely with a faculty mentor on a long project individually tailored to your professional interests, culminating in a professional portfolio.

Capstone residency: Attend an advanced residency in professional writing. Curriculum sessions include a faculty-led special-topics workshop focused on an aspect of professional writing. Present a capstone reading and a capstone project.

Features

A BA or BS is the minimum education requirement.

Tuition is affordable, and financial aid is available.

Application deadlines are February 1 for spring and summer semesters, August 1 for fall semester.

Kentucky teachers interested in applying their graduate credit hours toward Rank I should contact Kristen Harris, College of Education, at kharris01@spalding.edu or (502) 873-4269.

We welcome veterans.

We are members of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, SCBWI and the Playwrights’ Center.

Spalding is the world’s first certified Compassionate University.

You can get to know our faculty and directors on our blog.

For more information, email schoolofwriting@spalding.edu or call 502-873-4400.

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