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Master in Creative Writing Online – Spark Your Writing Career

Master of Creative Writing Online Program Overview

Fuel your imagination and kick-start your career as a professional writer with a Master of Arts (MA) in English and Creative Writing online at Southern New Hampshire University. Learn how to use the written word to effectively tell your story and share your ideas with the world. By studying literature and how accomplished authors have honed their craft, you’ll be prepared to enter a number of industries as a creative writer.

This graduate program in English and creative writing stimulates your imagination and creativity with a perfect balance of critical analysis and craftsmanship, while emphasizing literary theory and the history of the English language. You also have the freedom to choose from 4 genre concentrations or combine your choice of genre courses if, for example, you are interested in both fiction and screenwriting.

This specialized Masters in Creative Writing can help you develop an ability to communicate in any career path you choose to follow, including:

  • Business
  • Marketing and communication
  • Editing
  • Education

If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own novel, writing a book of poetry, or developing your screenplay, you’ll gain the basics you need with this program.

At the end of the program, you will complete a creative thesis or submit a creative writing portfolio, along with a retrospective essay.

Learn to:

  • Integrate form, language and literary works into their writing style and voice
  • Further develop your own creative process
  • Create original literary works of publishable quality
  • Maintain a reflective perspective on goals, process, and philosophy as a creative writer
  • Use technology as part of the writing process to style and promote their work
  • Cultivate a professional identity that promotes a confident self-presentation

Career opportunities

Whether it’s telling your story or telling someone else’s, your online master’s in creative writing can equip you with in-depth knowledge of the worlds of publishing, communications, writing and of the role of the professional writer. As global markets continue to shift towards a demand for online education and digital media technology, the technical skills learned in this program are expected to continue to be in demand for a long time to come. The improved writing and communication skills you will develop can be applied to many professions, from publishing, printing and film to journalism and marketing.

“The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to identify and further develop a voice in their chosen genre,” said Jacob Powers, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at SNHU. “The program offers peer-instructor dialogue through workshops and gives students the opportunity to build their technical editing and proofreading skills, which transfer to a variety of careers, including content and freelance writing. , revision and strategic and institutional communications.”

“The main conclusion I have drawn from my lessons is that there is a viable career in literature, creative writing and English,” the student said. Joshua Yarbrough. “I feel confident that I have the skills to work for myself or for an employer and the training I received at SNHU has made that possible.”

The Masters in Creative Writing is also ideal if you are interested in pursuing your doctorate or teaching at the college level. Additionally, the Master of Creative Writing is also a great option for high school instructors or other educators who want to increase their salaries, as well as those whose districts need a Master of Arts for sustained career growth.

“I believe there is a good balance here for the program – for students who want to pursue publishing, we offer the tools, resources and faculty to guide them. For students who want to progress in their current career or learn creative writing skills but also strengthen other skills (like editing, proofreading, etc.), the program offers that as well,” Powers said.

SNHU does not guarantee that completion of this program will result in any endorsements or increases in rank and salary for teachers and strongly encourages interested individuals to contact their state Board of Education prior to register. SNHU provides additional education-related results information on our Licensing and Certifications Disclosure page.

Courses & Curriculum

The online MA in Creative Writing exposes you to powerful examples of writing and provides you with an outlet to hone your skills as a writer. SNHU is home to the New Hampshire Writer’s Project and is also a destination for nationally acclaimed writers to read and attend workshops and conferences. This can give you additional context and insight into the industry you will eventually join. All of our courses have also been created by subject matter experts in their field, many of whom are critically acclaimed writers themselves.

Not only are the courses created by experts, but they are also taught by them. Just ask the student Joshua Yarbrough.

“I’ve worked with professors who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their field,” he said. “They provided me with valuable feedback in terms of preparing for my next steps as a writer and educator.”

If you’re looking for a study program with built-in collaboration, look no further. The online MA in English and Creative Writing places more emphasis on peer-to-peer workshops for additional feedback. Each concentration requires students to take three workshops, so you’ll have the opportunity to hone your editing and proofreading skills for both your peers and yourself.

You will also need to complete one of two teaching courses, Writing teaching seminar Where Online teaching experience. It can give you training to teach creative writing or composition in English, whichever interests you most. Overall, this degree program is highly customizable, allowing you to focus on the types of creative writing that interest you most.

In addition to working on your craft as a writer, you will take several literary courses focusing on analysis and reflection, while learning about the history of the publishing industry. It can give you the chance to sharpen your editing and professional communication skills, while giving you the edge you need to advance your writing career.

Diploma Alec Biron ’17 ’21G accepted. “One course that particularly stood out to me was ‘The Editor.’ This course was both writing and editing intensive, allowing us to examine the work of our peers while optimizing our own stories,” he said. -he declares. “The editor went beyond simple proofreading and taught me how to modify structure, character development, syntax, language, and tone.”

You will also have the choice between four literary genres:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction
  • Scenarisation
  • Poetry

Or, you can customize your program and study multiple genres.

Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to network and hone your craft outside of normal class hours. Once registered, you will have access to SNHUconnect, a community designed exclusively for our online learners. With many clubs and events available to you, you may find that the Creative Writing Review Club is for you. Have you written a few poems and want a review? Need an audience to get your plot ideas across? Here you can share your non-fiction, fiction, poetry and screenplay works – and even request peer review if you wish.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition fees for SNHU’s online degree programs are among the lowest in the country. We offer a 25% tuition discount to U.S. service members, full-time and part-time, and spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs


Per credit hour

Annual cost for 15 credits





(U.S. service members, full-time and part-time, and spouses of those on active duty)*




Tuition fees are subject to change and are revised annually.
*Note: Students on this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional costs:
$150 graduation fee, course materials ($ varies by course)