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.
of the curriculum is the writing workshop, and students may choose workshops
that focus on one or more of the following genres:
- Creative nonfiction
(travel, magazine, memoir, science writing, personal essay, etc.)
immerse you in the art of writing, helping you develop skills in:
- Narration, description
- Generating and exploring
- Researching subjects
- Responding to the conventions
by-product of these workshops is the knowledge you'll gain in marketing your own
writing to magazines, journals, publishers and digital venues.
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
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
The program is
- Students with interest and
experience in creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and a variety of
- 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
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
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
English in Two-Year Colleges
- Digital Humanities
you're interested in a certificate, a separate application process is required.
Contact the program office for additional information.
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.