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MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators - Curriculum

If possible, students begin with the Foundation Course—Reading Like a Writer—that introduces the practice of writerly exegesis and the focus on how meaning is created. The subsequent writing courses are designed specifically to provide both a creative and writerly/analytical experience in each of the major genres the educators are likely to see in student work. The literature courses offer greater breadth and enriched understanding and connection to the advanced readerly aspects of the literature often taught in high school. Specifically they address areas of the traditional high school curriculum (Shakespeare, Young Adult Literature), non-Western literature (African Writers, World Literature), cross/intercultural literature (Ethnic American Literature) and contemporary literary issues (Non-Linear Narrative, Theatrical Re-writes).

To earn the MA degree, students must attend the 3 day residency within their first year of enrollment (2 credits) 
and complete the following 7 courses (4 credits each) for a total of 30 credits:

  • Foundation Course - Reading Like a Writer
  • 4 Writing/Critiquing Courses (one from each genre below)
  • 2 Literature Courses (on any topic of interest to you) 


Residency and Foundation Course
CWLT8000    Residency  

CWLT8001 Reading Like a Writer


Writing/Critiquing Courses

CWLT8101 Fiction

CWLT8102 Poetry

CWLT8103 Creative Non-Fiction

CWLT8104 Dramatic / Cinematic Writing


Literature Courses

CWLT8201 Ethnic-American Literature

CWLT8202 Non-Linear Narrative

CWLT8204 Contemporary African Writers

CWLT8206 Contemporary World Literature

CWLT8209 International Short Story

CWLT8207 Young-Adult Literature

CWLT8210 Tropes of Reading - Reading Tropes

CWLT8211 Modern Poetry

CWLT8212 Shakespeare

CWLT8213 Post-Colonial Literature



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

Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy Department
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Madison, NJ 07940

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