Learn more about how to apply to the MA in Creative Writing at Ball State or request more information

Whether your long-term plans involve the pursuit of a MA, a PhD, or a career in professional writing or editing, Ball State’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed to prepare you for the next step in your writing life.


Our MA in Creative Writing encourages cross-genre study in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and graduate literature. In this program, students have the opportunity to participate in Penscape (a student reading series), Practical Criticism Midwest, and the Midwest Writers Workshop. They can also hear from visiting writers, including those participating in Ball State's In Print Festival of First Books

As a student in our program, you will:

  • Study with well-published faculty with diverse areas of creative writing expertise including flash fiction, novel-writing, linked stories, screenwriting, memoir, poetry, and mixed media.
  • Explore writing in multiple genres and discover whether you’re a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, screenwriter, essayist, or cross-genre writer.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for competitive teaching assistantships and participate in Ball State’s award-winning teacher-training program.
  • Finish your degree by completing a creative-project that will prepare you for the next step in your career

Learn more about our Program Requirements.


Jill Christman, creative nonfiction, creative writing pedagogy
Rani Crowe, screenwriting, film studies, creative writing
Cathy Day, fiction, creative nonfiction
Katy Didden poetry, creative writing and the environment
Sean Lovelace, fiction, creative writing in the community
Matt Mullins, screenwriting, fiction, mixed media, filmpoetry
Mark Neely, poetry, literary editing and publishing
Silas Hansen  creative nonfiction and digital media


Learn more about how to apply to the MA in Creative Writing at Ball State or request more information


Recent MA Creative Writing Capstone Projects


                  J Collings                            Two Stories: “Did You Do It Yet?” & “Helicopter”


                  Courtney Conley                 Essays from Somewhere Else


                  George Hickman                Pioneers


                  Zachary Kocanda               The Western Suburbs Have Failed Me Again


                  Meagan McAlister              In the Blood


                  Andrew Wurdeman            Nocturnes in Blue


                  Robert Young                     The Lighthouse Man



                  Jeremy Flick                       Depression Harvest