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NOT EVERY CREATIVE WRITING STUDENT wants or needs an MFA degree. At East Carolina University, we recognize that many students prefer an engagement with writing that allows for a more various set of career possibilities. Ours is a flexible creative writing program, one geared toward the individual student and his or her specific needs. The MA with a concentration in Creative Writing is designed for students who want to continue their study with an MFA, DFA, or PhD; who wish to become qualified to teach creative writing and/or English at the community college level; or who simply wish to better their creative writing skills.

The Master's Degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing is an advanced degree with a specialty in the writing of original poetry, fiction, scripts and plays, or creative nonfiction. Because ours is a studio writing program, primary emphasis is on the student's writing experience: students are encouraged to take the writing workshop in their genre of study as many as three times for credit. The program is designed according to guidelines established by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, which is the primary source for information on creative writing programs in English. Abiding by AWP's principles, instruction in the Creative Writing concentration is only offered face-to-face. The study of contemporary literature and the forms, craft, themes, and aesthetics of writing are incorporated into the workshops and also offered in separate seminars.




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