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Master of Arts in English - Creative Writing

Master of Arts in Creative Writing

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The M.A. 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

Graduate students have ample opportunities to engage with faculty in creative writing specializations. Students participate in local and national conferences, apply for research grants, and publish research in academic venues. 

Students with an M.A. in Creative Writing use their skills in the career industry for editing, publishing, copywriting, freelance writing, authoring, and script writing. They also branch out into various other fields including: publicity, talent scouting, marketing, teaching, social media management, and communicaitons.Whether your long-term plans involve the pursuit of a MFA or 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.

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


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
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.


MA in Creative Writing, 33 credits


ENG 610 Reading & Writing Across Genres  3-6  
ENG 605 Teaching in English Studies
          or 614 Practicum in Literary Editing

Major requirements: 12 hours from

ENG 611 Workshop Creative Nonfiction
ENG 612 Workshop in Fiction Writing  3
ENG 613 Workshop in Poetry Writing  3
ENG 615 Workshop in Screenwriting  3

Courses in Literature                                   


CRPR Creative Project (3-6)     


      Approved Electives                                                  3-6

Total Credits                                       33        
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