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Creative Writing and Literature for Educators MA

The teaching of creative writing requires understanding of the creative and analytical processes of both the writer and the reader. This program combines exposure to how writers create and revise with a focus on how meaning is created (what may be termed the “writerly” process) with advanced practice of critical analysis from the reader’s point of view (considerations of theory and reader response in the creation of literary and cultural meanings of the text; the “readerly” process). By combining and connecting “writerly” and “readerly” approaches, the program will enhance educators’ abilities to teach both creative writing and literature.

The MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators is the first graduate program in the nation to focus on the needs of high school teachers who teach both creative writing and literature.

The program inspires teachers to develop their understanding of how literary works are generated and crafted, through close reading of literary texts from a writer's point of view, and workshops focused on the student's own creativity. In so doing, the program will enhance graduates’ abilities to teach both creative writing and literature.

The program combines a 3-day weekend residency with on-line coursework.

During the three-day residency (in late June), students live on campus where they meet with instructors and participate in activities such as lectures, critical workshops, generative workshops, panel discussions, analysis seminars, and readings.Subsequent coursework is completed through on-line correspondence with instructors and instructor-led on-line workshops and discussions

The low-residency aspect of the program allows students to enroll who would not be able to attend a traditional, full-time graduate program because of work or other obligations. The low-residency/on-line model not only provides flexibility through asynchronous coursework but also enables students to receive individual feedback from readers and writers throughout the country as well as on-line commentary from other students.



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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