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MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators

Our unique program—the first and only one in North America—is designed for middle- and high-school teachers, and gives you the perfect mix of an MFA in Creative Writing and a traditional MA in English Literature, in a single well-coordinated package.

Our MA is a low-residency program, combining a 3-day weekend residency with seven 4-credit online courses. All our online coursework is asynchronous: you can work from anywhere, at any time of day that suits your schedule. You’ll never have to compromise your day job! And you can easily finish in less than two years. Not to mention: our tuition is at a deeply discounted special rate for educators.

The residency, normally the last weekend in June, brings you to our gorgeous campus in Madison, New Jersey—a short train ride from New York City—for workshops, readings, and in-person previews of the online courses. You’ll meet our faculty and fellow students from near and far, and spend time with a distinguished Visiting Writer (last year, 2015, it was Marie Howe, Poet Laureate of the State of New York). Our residency gets rave reviews year after year, and you can come back as many times as you like.

The program has a three-part mission. Here’s what we can do for you:

(1) We’ll take your creative writing abilities to the next level, whatever your level. (We admit students from relative beginners to published authors with multiple books to their credit.) Our writing faculty are National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalists; no matter how much experience you have, they’ll be able to help you develop your writing, and market it professionally if you so choose. A basic assumption we make is that being a writer makes you a more effective reader and teacher of literature: you’ll combine your “writerly” insight into process with “readerly” critical approaches to form and content.

(2) We’ll train you to be a confident, constructive, and versatile teacher of creative writing. We want you to be comfortable teaching all the four main genres of creative writing—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama—and responding helpfully to student work. This program is the perfect preparation if you want to start to teach creative writing, and is the natural next step in professional development if you already do.

(3) We’ll train you to be a master interpreter of literature, who can use creative approaches and creative assignments to get their students fired up and thinking deeply about challenging texts. We’re sensitive to the demands of Common Core and your local curricula, and we’ll help you work within those constraints to get superior results.

By the time you graduate with your MA, you’ll have made lasting relationships not just with our own extraordinary faculty, but with a whole network of like-minded teachers who share your goals and support your process.

Check out our stellar faculty and the program requirements (and the other sections of our website in the menu on the left); to apply, click here.

And don’t hesitate to get in touch (email with any questions!


Director - MA in Creative Writing & Literature
Tel: 973-443-8632

Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy Department
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-MS3-01
Madison, NJ 07940

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