Masters - English and Creative Writing: Fiction

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Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a Concentration in Fiction program can help you develop your creative writing skills, critical-thinking skills, and overall understanding of fiction. Read more about the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a Concentration in Fiction program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a Concentration in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University is an online program that examines the history of English, etymology, vocabulary, syntax, dialects, and phonology. You'll have the opportunity to explore contemporary literary theories, psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism, structuralism, and post-structuralism. The program includes a seminar in teaching writing where you can study writing exercises and processes that can aid in the design and development of programs and courses aimed at promoting improved literacy with middle and secondary students. The program also investigates the driving influences of the literary market, the historical evolution of the publishing industry, literary organizations, and literary awards. You will closely read and analyze American literature, British literature, medieval literature, and many other literary traditions. Concentration coursework gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of and mastery over the various elements of fiction, including, point-of-view, structure, voice, character development, symbolism, imagery, and tone. You will also produce your own piece of fictional work.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you'd like to apply to the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a Concentration in Fiction program, you should have a passion for literature and may be interested in a career in writing, publishing, communication, or teaching. You must also possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent and submit an essay explaining why you are pursuing this degree.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To earn Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a Concentration in Fiction, you are required to complete 36 credits. This includes nine major courses and three concentration courses.

English & Creative Writing Courses*

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 550 Graduate Studies in English Language
LIT 500 Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
EDU 750 Seminar in Teaching Writing
Choose 6 of the following:
LIT 650 Graduate Seminar in American Literature
LIT 651 Graduate Seminar in British Literature
LIT 652 Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
LIT 506 Medieval Literature
LIT 514 American Realism and Naturalism
LIT 555 American Modernism
ENG 540 Context of Writing: Writers/Publishers

Fiction Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 529 Fiction Fundamentals
ENG 549 Fiction Thesis Writing
ENG 559 Fiction Thesis Completion

*Coursework subject to change.

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

The skills you gain in the Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a Concentration in Fiction program can be applied across many fields and professions, from writing and teaching to business and law. Positions you could pursue as a graduate of the program include:

  • Author
  • Literary Agent
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • English/Literature Teacher