MA in English & Creative Writing - Fiction

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Focus on Fiction: Online Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing

Literature has long been a source of inspiration, both for readers and writers – find yours with SNHU's online master's degree in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. This English and Creative Writing graduate degree program fosters your imagination and creativity with a perfect balance of critical analysis and craft. Focus on writing fiction and why authors do what they do and how they do it to develop a deeper understanding of fiction in all of its forms.

The art of storytelling runs rampant through history and society and is critical to cross-cultural communication. Studying the work of published writers will help you develop your own creative writing skills. The personal philosophy of composition is at the core of the master’s degree in English and Creative Writing.

At the culmination of the program, you will create your own manuscript and explore the skills you need for great storytelling. Put pen to paper and tell your tale.

Push Your Creative Boundaries with the Fiction Concentration

In addition to critical analytic and communication skills, you will gain insight into publishing, broadcasting and professional production. Your knowledge will grow beyond a basic understanding of plot building, narrative voice and character as you push your creative boundaries. Perfect your craft for the kind of fiction you want to bring to life: novels, short stories, children’s literature
and more.

Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing - Careers

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction can lead to numerous career opportunities. This program does more than just expose you to literature and help you develop new writing skills: You can apply the communications skills you gain to any profession, from journalism to law and business management to marketing.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of authors, writers and editors is expected to grow by 7 percent through 2020. Employment in salaried writing and editing positions is expected to increase slightly as jobs become more prevalent throughout the economy.

The following careers are expected to follow this growth trend:

  • Writer / author
  • Literary agent
  • Publisher
  • Manuscript reader

Fiction Concentration

ENG-529: Fiction Fundamentals
This course is designed to deepen writers' understanding and mastery of elements of fiction, including voice, point-of-view, theme, characterization, structure, reflexivity, symbolism, imagery, rhythm, and tone. Writers practice a variety of fiction writing, reading, and workshop skills. They also study major examples of the novel, novella, short story and representative critical texts.
Take ENG-550 for 2014 catalog and prior and ENG 51
ENG-549: Fiction Thesis Writing
In this course, writers produce work to include in their thesis and offer constructive feedback on class members' writing. They also continue to read and discuss major texts of fiction in the English and American traditions. In addition, writers reflect on their creation and revision processes, and begin to draft a preface that not only describes their own craft, influences, and intentions, but also provides an overview of the thesis.
ENG-529 and 24 completed credits
ENG-559: Fiction Thesis Completion
In this course, writers select the work they will include in their theses, continue to revise them, and complete a significant portion with a clear outline for the future of their work. They also offer constructive feedback on class members' writing and complete the preface they began in their previous coursework. In the preface, writers reflect on their craft, articulate their influences, and introduce the theses.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Additional requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree (can be in a discipline outside of the intended MA degree program).
  • Statement of Purpose: 200-500 words explaining why you wish to enter the program.
  • Writing Sample:  Minimum 3-5 pages (i.e. research paper, creative work, critical analysis of a literary piece, or work from previous academic studies).

Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance. Based on your educational background, some Master of Arts provisional students may be required to take SNHU 501 – Introduction to Graduate Studies – which will provide students with the scholarly tools to be successful in their Master of Arts program of study. This policy is effective for new students enrolling for the 15TW4 graduate term starting April 27, 2015.

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