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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) 


Foundation Course

CWLT8001 Reading Like a Writer


Writing/Critiquing Courses

CWLT8101 Fiction

CWLT8102 Poetry

CWLT8103 Creative Non-Fiction

CWLT8104 Dramatic / Cinematic Writing


Literature Courses

CWLT8204 Contemporary African Writers

CWLT8206 Contemporary World Literature

CWLT8201 Ethnic-American Literature

CWLT8202 Non-Linear Narrative

CWLT8208 Shakespeare - 'Strange Stuff' and 'Weyward Women'

CWLT8209 International Short Story

CWLT8205  Theatrical Re-writes

CWLT8207  Young-Adult Literature

 CWLT8000    Residency  

 CWLT8210    Tropes of Reading - Reading Tropes

 CWLT8211    Modern Poetry

 CWLT8212    Shakespeare



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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