Nonfiction is the art of telling real stories - ones that people can learn from, relate to and understand. It covers a wide range of styles and subjects, encompassing everything from the personal essay, autobiography and memoirs to travel writing and magazine features. Study compelling storytelling in this Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction online program at Southern New Hampshire University and learn to combine research and personal experiences with your own narrative voice.
You'll learn how and why writers craft nonfiction narratives. The tools they use, shared by fiction writers, will become yours, and you'll develop factual material based on research and experiences of your own – or someone else's. The creative writing master’s degree will help you gain insights into publishing, broadcasting and professional production while you explore your creative boundaries and perfect your craft. At the culmination of the program, you'll develop your own professional-quality piece of nonfiction, one that takes you deep into subjects that matter to you and helps you develop the skills you need for great storytelling.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MA in creative writing online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 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.
Candidates must also submit a personal statement. 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.
Graduates with a creative writing master's degree will see career opportunities expand. This program does more than just expose you to literature and new writing skills - you can apply the communications skills you learn directly to many professions, from journalism to marketing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and authors is expected to grow by 8% through 2026.* Opportunities for the nonfiction writer are everywhere -magazines, newspapers, books, the Internet and more.
The online creative writing degree curriculum exposes you to powerful examples of compelling nonfiction and provides you with an outlet to experiment and refine your skills. Courses are taught by instructors with deep insights into the field.
Reading is an essential part of the writing process. To write an effective piece, an author must first read the essential creative works that have informed the genre and delivered on similar themes. In this course students will study the craft of creative writing in close detail. Understanding and identifying the core, foundational elements of quality storytelling, regardless of genre, is crucial to the advancement of a creative writer. In preparation for the development of their own creative works and techniques, students will analyze self-selected texts for their strategic use of the core storytelling elements, and determine whether or not the author was successful in delivering on his/her concept.
How do authors generate creative ideas? How do they know when to reveal certain information? Do the chapters flow naturally from the broader story concept, or should they be planned? What makes for a rich environment? These are the types of questions we will consider in this course. With these in mind, students will conceptualize a writing project of significant length. The focus will not be on the writing of actual scenes or chapters from this work, but on the drafting of plot arcs, detailed outlines, character sketches/development, world-building, and thematic development. The concepts developed in this course may indirectly or directly inform writing projects in future courses.
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary 'morphology', phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest, such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary literary theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts.
In this course, writers study several genres of creative nonfiction, including reportage and memoir, personal essay and biography, travel writing and science writing, literary journalism, and biography. Writers explore and master structure and technique through critical reading of modern and contemporary sources in these subgenres and through writing workshops in which they revise their own work and comment on classmates' writing. In addition to becoming better critical readers, writers begin to develop their own unique writing voices.
In this course, writers produce and revise work to include in their theses, continue to offer constructive feedback on class members' writing, and read and discuss major texts of creative nonfiction. Writers also 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.
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 thesis.
Total Credits: 6
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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