The poetry concentration within Southern New Hampshire University's online creative writing graduate program will take you to a new level of analysis, appreciation and understanding of this art form. Foster your appreciation for verse with the inspiration, passion and creative collaboration that only a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry degree can bring. The English and creative writing master's in poetry online curriculum focuses your study of literature on a genre where every word counts. Hone your understanding and your craft, unleashing your imagination to create imagery that moves and inspires.
This creative writing graduate program challenges you to gain an appreciation for how the unique craft and vision of poetry is critical to learning to think, understand and communicate with the world at large. Throughout this online program, you’ll broaden your understanding of the art of poetry and develop the skills you need to convey your vision. Upon completion of the program, you’ll develop your own manuscript of poetry, one that takes you deep into subjects and themes that matter to you.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master’s in English and creative writing 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.
While a master's from our creative writing graduate program in poetry is valuable in and of itself, it can also be of benefit for many professional paths. You can explore careers in creative writing, advertising, journalism, publishing and copywriting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of writers and authors is expected to grow by 8% through 2026.*
The creative writing graduate program exposes you to powerful examples of compelling poetry and provides you with an outlet to experiment and refine your skills. Courses are taught by instructors and writers with deep insight 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.
This course is designed to deepen writers' understanding and mastery of elements of poetry (including tone of voice; traditional, formal, and "informal" structure; imagery; meter and rhythm; and use of sound and diction) and to introduce major movements in English and American poetry. In addition to producing their own poems, writers will read poetry and also prose about poetry by major poets.
In this course, writers will produce work to include in their theses and offer constructive feedback on class members' writing. Writers will also read and discuss seminal poems in the English and American traditions. In addition, writers will reflect on their creation and revision processes, and begin to draft a preface that articulates their own poetic and provides an overview of the thesis.
In this course, writers will select the work they will include in their theses, continue to revise them, and offer constructive feedback on class members' writing. Writers will complete the preface they began in their previous coursework, in which they will articulate their own poetic choices, identify the major works in the thesis, and explain why they included these works, and why they sequenced them as they did.
Total Credits: 36
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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