Master of Arts in Professional and Creative Writing North Central College
Why Pursue a Master of Arts in Professional and Creative Writing at North Central College?
The online Master of Arts in professional and creative writing helps writers be successful, whether they are looking to write a novel or polish their professional writing skills. Our program cultivates the writing, reading, and critical thinking skills necessary for business professionals and creative writers. Our students are often both.
Our classes center on a community of writers who share common goals and practices, and they are led by faculty mentors, who publish widely and who care deeply about the success of each student. There’s a strong emphasis on personal development and skill enhancement. The degree honors the entirety of the writer who aspires to write for internal and external audiences within and beyond the workplace.
Students will be able to build a graduate thesis around their passions, interests, and professional goals and will receive exceptional faculty support tailored to their needs. Current students are working on science fiction, crime novels, children’s literature, screenplays, and creative nonfiction. The program gives students the structure and freedom to thrive as writers.
- Cohort Model
- Enrolling for Fall 2022 Cohort
- 100% Online
Benefits of a Cohort Model
- Structured program that supports busy graduate students through faculty mentorship and a community of writers
- A comprehensive program that can be completed in 2 years
- A thesis course that results in a polished creative or professional project
A Unique and Balanced Combination
The unique professional and creative writing curriculum balance both theory and practice in meaningful and engaging ways.
The program is ideal for those professional writers who understand the value of creative writing as a means to enhance their competencies. At the same time, the program is designed for creative writers who wish to enrich their professional and technical writing skills.
Our intentional, holistic program will help you develop the industry-standard skill sets that will help you become a dynamic, flexible, and well-rounded writer.
The professional and creative writing degree consists of 10, 3-credit hour courses for a total of 30 credit hours.
The courses are offered in a completely online format.
Degree Requirements (30 credit hours)
- Professional Writing and New Media
- Introduction to the Writers’ Workshop
- Grant Writing
- Public Writing
- Writing from Life
- Writing for Stage and Screen
- Preparing Book and Manuscript Proposals
- Publishing and Professional Writing Life
- Fiction Writing