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Writing and Publishing (MA)

The Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing offers advanced training in the art and craft of writing poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The primary emphasis of the writing and publishing graduate program is the production of quality, publishable writing.

The program combines the practical experience of writing workshops and studies in language and style with course work in literary studies, pedagogy, editing, publishing and other topics. 

Program Highlights

The centerpiece of the curriculum is the writing workshop, and students may choose workshops that focus on one or more of the following genres:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction (travel, magazine, memoir, science writing, personal essay, etc.)

These workshops immerse you in the art of writing, helping you develop skills in:

  • Narration, description and exposition
  • Generating and exploring productive ideas
  • Researching subjects
  • Responding to the conventions of genre

An important by-product of these workshops is the knowledge you'll gain in marketing your own writing to magazines, journals, publishers and digital venues.

Real-World Experience

Supplementing the writing workshops and allied courses are internship programs in writing and publishing and in teaching English in two-year colleges.

In addition, the program brings to campus established writers and editors who help connect students with the larger literary and publishing community.

Flexible Locations and Times

Courses in writing and publishing are offered at DePaul's Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. Classes meet weekday evenings or on Saturdays, allowing working students to complete their degrees without interrupting their daytime schedules.

Program Participants

The program is designed for:

  • Students with interest and experience in creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and a variety of nonfiction genres.
  • Professional writers, including freelance writers and staff writers for general and trade publications, newspapers or the Web
  • General and specialized editors employed by publishing houses, magazines and corporations.
  • Working professionals for whom high-quality writing is an essential component of their jobs.
  • Current and prospective teachers of English and/or writing at the secondary or post-secondary level.
  • Students seeking a master's-level foundation for further graduate work in creative writing, English, teaching, or related fields.

Certificate Options

The MA in Writing and Publishing may also be expanded to include a graduate certificate. The combined program requires either the completion of additional coursework or careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. A certificate is available in:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges
  • Digital Humanities

If you're interested in a certificate, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.

​Good Standing

To achieve good standing in the program, students must maintain an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their course work. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation and given two quarters to raise their average to the minimum 3.0 level. Students on probation are required to consult with the program director before registering for classes. Failure to meet these requirements constitutes grounds for dismissal.